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It's a general rule in any fighting-based anime that if the protagonist already knows how to fight by the beginning of the series then the battle against the first villain will be a complete Curb Stomp Battle just to demonstrate their abilities.

For those and other examples:


   "This was no longer a battle. It was a massacre. The results of using a mill to grind a sesame seed would yield more response. Wherever the Ionian Hetairoi rode, there was not a trace of Assassins remaining. Only a faint, faint smell of blood and some dust that was swept away remained in the air."

  • In Neon Genesis Evangelion, pissing Unit 01 off tends to lead to a combination of this and No-Holds-Barred Beatdown.
  • In Pokémon, Ash got beat 6-2 by Paul.
    • Earlier, Paul got beaten twice, first by Cynthia 4-0 (full six-on-six battle; Paul folded after his strongest Pokémon bought it) and then by Brandon, without being able to take down even one of their Pokémon.
    • Ash's first round in the Indigo League was a total washout in Ash's favor using Krabby (who evolved into Kingler midfight) alone. This was also Krabby's first direct fight under Ash's command.
    • In the Hoenn arc, Gym Leader Wattson was completely owned by an accidentally supercharged Pikachu. Ash rightfully wanted to give the badge back afterward -- while en route to Petalberg to challenge Norman, they have a friendly one on one rematch with Wattson winning.
    • Crasher Wake was beaten by Ash 3-0.
    • Any time Ash fights any League official of Elite rank or higher, he is going to get wiped without exception. Frontier Brains don't count.
    • Ash's battle against Tobias, which was another 6-2 loss for Ash. In all fairness, he was facing a Darkrai and Latios, and he was the only one to actually K.O. both of them. Everyone else failed to beat even one.
    • Team Rocket obviously fall victim to this a lot, especially if Meowth is involved. Perhaps most notable is his first attempted official faceoff against Pikachu in Who Gets To Keep Togepi, the battle is opened with an epic staredown between the two along with an emotional soliloquy from Meowth how he will fight with all his strength to earn ownership of Togepi, before Pikachu pokes him almost mockingly with the tip of his tail and thundershocks him into a smoking wreck. One hit KO.
    • In the 12th movie, Arceus takes on Dialga, Palkia and Giratina. At the same time. Without breaking a sweat.
    • In Pokémon: Zoroark: Master of Illusions, Zoroark, during a Roaring Rampage of Revenge trying to get her beloved son back, happens to find Goon, The Dragon and one of the men behind her son's kidnapping, fighting Dawn and Brock (who are being seriously overwhelmed). His two Scizor charge her and promptly get KO'd with one Night Slash each and then Goon and all his Ninjask are wiped out with a single attack. To be fair, he was up against an Action Mom in full Mama Bear mode.
    • ASH actually dished one out in an early Johto episode as he faced then-new trainer Casey's fledgling team of Pidgey, Rattata, and Chikorita with CHARIZARD. Splat.
    • The battle with Burgh got two-- one for each trainer. On one hand, Burgh beat Tepig with Dwebble, (mostly by spamming protect) about three minutes into the battle... but on the other hand, once Pikachu got free of stringshot, Leavanny, Burgh's best pokemon (in the games, at least), didn't stand a ghost of a chance, despite the fact that nobody had a type advantage. [2]
    • Cilan gave one of these to Burgundy when she challenged him at the Striaton Gym, and gave her another one when she challenged him to a rematch. Dwebble defeated her Dewott without getting a scratch, and Pansage was toying with her Sawsbuck before finishing it off with a Solar Beam.
    • Bianca experienced one of these at the hands of Elesa, who plowed through all three of her Pokemon with her Zebstrika. Pignite was the only one of Bianca's Pokemon that put up a somewhat decent fight.
  • A literal example in Soul Eater: Black*Star is fighting Death the Kid as a sort of grudge match. As Black*Star has lost all his confidence in his ability to win battles, he performs poorly, and stands there as Kid ninja flips around, eventually beating him to the ground. When he is lying motionless, Kid sees his hand move, and curbstomps his head into the ground.
    • This is how Asura introduces himself.
  • Samurai Deeper Kyo has this happen in half the battles. They work really well.
  • Frieza's second appearance in Dragonball Z. After surviving Namek's destruction and having been put together again as a cyborg, he arrives to Earth with his equally badass father, and the good guys are trembling before his might. What happens next? A Super Saiyan from the future appears and obliterates them both.
    • Said Kid From the Future eventually ends up returning to his own time, where he proceeds to kill Androids 17 and 18 and Cell in one episode without breaking a sweat.
    • Most of Goku's Big Damn Heroes/Look What I Can Do Now! moments in the series are like this, most notably when he came back from the dead to pummel Nappa after he killed Piccolo and nearly killed Krillin and Gohan, and later when he showed up and beat Recoome in a single blow after Recoome had hammered Vegeta, Gohan, and Krillin for the last three episodes.
    • Vegito (the fused form of Goku and Vegeta) versus Buu after having absorbed a powered-up Gohan, Piccolo, Trunks and Goten definitely counts. A fight between the two most powerful characters in the entire Dragonball canon...and the former makes the latter look like a total pansy.
      • Vegeta to Android 19: "Let me ask you: does a machine like yourself ever experience fear?"
    • Goku is a friggin' god at these. Let's count: Rogue Boar, second face-off against Yamcha, Colonel Silver, Taopaipai the second time, Pamput, Tambourine (again, the second time), Drum (in one hit), Chichi (through ring-out), Nappa, Recoome, Yakon, Super Buu while he's Vegito, Baby (once he becomes Super Saiyan 4) and Yi Xing Long when he's SS4 Gogeta. And possibly others on the various Non Serial Movies. Notice several of these are either rematches or he comes in right after someone fought the bad guy.
      • Taken to ludicrous degrees in GT's Baby arc - where Kid Goku (untransformed and at a third his normal size and strength) takes down Gohan and Goten (both at SSJ, possessed by Baby and actively trying to kill him) without breaking a sweat.
      • The Super 17 Saga was even WORSE. It featured nearly every villian the characters had ever faced and ALL OF THEM were killed in one hit. A similar thing happened in the 12th movie (although Frieza is the only one who is shown getting killed, again in one hit). Seems every Villain Forgot to Level Grind.
    • Vegeta also gets plenty of these, notably his fights against Guldo, Frieza's best Elite Mooks, Android # 19, Cell (which is botched once he allows Cell to reach "perfect" form), and Pui Pui. Especially Pui Pui. That last one was in ten times Earth's gravity.
    • While they weren't beaten by him per se, Tien and Chaiotzu both sacrificed their lives against Nappa, giving the greatest amount of energy they had in their lives so far. Neither could they so much as cause any visible damage to him.
  • Darker Than Black: Louis flings Hei into the air with his ability to manipulate gravity. Hei comes right back with his Grappling Hook Pistol, then strangles him with a wire, smashes his already broken fingers, and electrocutes him to death.
    • The episode immediately after that had the fight that began with one of the most recursively-subverted Diving Saves in all of fiction. Thinking he's won, the guy who'd just emptied his gun into Hei's back looks up when he hears a voice. Unfortunately for him, the voice is Mao, pointing out that that Badass Longcoat of his? It's bulletproof. Cue complete and utter knife, choke wire, and electricity-induced pwnage.

 Alen: 'I can't believe Louie got himself killed by this guy (Hei). I thought he would put up more of a fight."

Mao(popping up from nowhere): "He will; and when he does, you might want to keep in mind: Hei dosen't wear that coat as a fashion statement." (Alen whirls around) "It's bulletproof."

    • Hei does this all the time. There's a reason he's called "the Black Shinigami." One of the worst (best?) was when he went up against a bunch of perfectly normal, non-clued-in Yakuza who made the rather fatal mistake of thinking a Doll was just another type of smuggled good. He took out half the gang without even using his powers and electrocuted one through a car. Although the stompingness of this was significantly lowered when their much more competent boss managed to sneak around the car in such a way as to point a gun point-blank at his head.
    • And those poor, poor bastards who thought they could take November 11's money without giving him his goods. He froze one's arm off, stabbed another through the eye with a shard of ice, and, after getting some information out of the last one, turned him into a rather-more-fatal-than-usual sort of Human Popsicle.
  • Happens often in Saint Seiya. Especially if you're a gold saint facing lesser saints... or one of the main protagonists. Doubly so if your name is Phoenix Ikki. Your opponents may as well set themselves on fire and jump off the highest cliff in advance.
  • During the Chunin Exam arc in Naruto, Tenten is beaten by Temari so effortlessly that the manga doesn't even bother showing it. When the anime does show it you see that it was just Temari using her wind abilities to render all of Tenten's projectiles useless and knock her out with a single attack.
    • Choji vs. Dosu even moreso: All Choji could do was roll around, confident that his earplugs protected him from Dosu's sonic attack, but Dosu tricks him into getting stuck in a wall and informs him that sound can easily travel through your entire body due to the water inside of it before rendering him unconscious.
    • Unlike his siblings' matches in the preliminaries, Rock Lee vs. Gaara isn't one-sided, with Rock Lee actually managing to hit Gaara more than once even though other ninja before have failed to scratch him. Gaara questions how Lee is so fast. However, Gaara's fight with Dosu plays this straight. which ends with Dosu dying horribly.
    • Kankuro vs Misumi appears to be one-sided in Misumi's favor at first, as his elastic abilities allow him to grapple Kankuro and immobilize him before squeezing the life out of him. However, Kankuro switches himself with one of his puppets which proceeds to return the favor, making it a Curb-Stomp Battle in Kankuro's favor.
    • Subverted with Naruto's battle with Kiba and Akamaru. Kiba believes that Naruto doesn't stand a chance, since he did poorly at the ninja academy he went to before becoming a genin. Though at first it seems that Kiba is going to wipe the floor with Naruto, he manages to turn the tables by tricking Kiba into punching out Akamaru and then (accidentally) farting in front of Kiba, which is painful for him due to his enhanced sense of smell and allows him to eventually win.
    • Though Zaku can still use his arms in the fight despite Sasuke dislocating them earlier, Zaku's match for Shino ends terribly for him when Shino quickly uses his bugs to plug the holes in Zaku's arms so that he can't blast him with sound. In the manga, he even ends up losing an arm.
    • Shikamaru as well as Kiba and Akamaru's fights in the Sasuke Retrieval Arc against Tayuya and Sakon and Ukon aren't one-sided, but once Temari and Kankuro enter the picture, the Sound Four ninja don't stand a chance. Unfortunately for Tayuya, her sound jutsu could be countered with wind, which is Temari's speciality, and when she tried to hide so that she could fight her from a distance, her summon allowed her to find and kill Tayuya before she could use her genjutsu. As for Sakon and Ukon, their body snatching abilities failed to work against Kankuro's puppets, and once Sakon was injured and forced to rest inside Ukon's body, his clumsiness allowed Kankuro to trap him and proceed to kill the two by impaling them with Crow's blades.
    • Lest we forget Tsunade vs. Naruto, in which a drunk old lady that hadn't fought in twenty years defeats him with a single finger. Tsunade and Orochimaru have shades of this too, with his only successful hits being voluntary, her one shotting a boss summon, and then punching him out and causing him to flee.
    • Killer Bee vs. Taka is an odd example of the true curbstompiness not being evident until a while after the fight ended: the former is at a clear advantage the entire fight, with the latter's every attempt being easily thwarted until their final attack finally worked... but not really, as Killer Bee turned out to have be faking it so he could just leave like he wanted to from the start of the fight.
    • Minato Namikaze vs Tobi. We can see why Tobi had to lure Minato away from Kushina because when they fought one-on-one, Minato figured out Tobi's technique, beat him in speed, smashed a Rasengan in his back ON TOP OF implanting the Hirashin seal into his body. Finally, Minato stabbed Tobi, and he was forced to retreat after Minato broke his control over Kurama. It's not that Tobi is weak, though; he actually pulled this trope on two of Danzo's top Root operatives. It's just that Minato's ridiculously strong.
      • And for those who think Tobi got hit with the Idiot Ball, think for a moment about what Minato just did to the Kurama's Bijudama. Fighting in-close and relying on Minato's not knowing the mechanism of his Space-Time Jutsu was really one of the few feasible game plans for Tobi.
    • Until Naruto shows up, the six paths of pain beat the living hell out of the Leaf Village. Kakashi is the only one who even comes close to putting up a real fight.
    • Sasuke suffers a pretty spectacular curbstomp in episode 85 at the hands of Itachi. Right after Itachi successfully curbstomped Kurenai, Kakashi and Asuma.
    • Itachi delivers one to Orochimaru during both of their encounters. When they first met, the 13 year old Itachi trapped Orochimaru in a genjutsu and promptly amputated his arms. On their second encounter, Itachi seals him in an eternal genjutsu without even allowing the guy to finish his Evil Gloating.
    • Itachi Uchiha loves this trope. He has also curbstomped Deidara, and Naruto not once,but Twice using merely genjutsu!
    • Long before any of the above was shown, we have Rock Lee versus Naruto, then Sasuke. Note that this was right after the Land Of Waves arc, before the Chunin Exam started properly. Rock Lee shows up to interrupt Team 7, challenging Sasuke to fight. Naruto charges headfirst at Lee, and gets hurled into the wall behind him, unconscious for his trouble. Next, Lee manages to kick Sasuke clear across the room before Sasuke gets the idea to turn on his as-of-yet imperfect Sharingan. Sakura on the sidelines shares a little Hope Spot that the Sharingan will make the fight an easy win for Sasuke... before Lee kicks Sasuke in the jaw so hard he's sent flying into the air, before explaining that his physical training has let him exceed Sasuke's natural-born genius completely. It takes Might Guy showing up to keep Lee from using his Dangerous Forbidden Technique as a finisher.
    • More recent Curbstomp Battles include:
      • Sasuke assaulting the Kage summit and being thoroughly annihilated by the gathered Kages, surviving only thanks to a timely Deus Ex Machina(what else is new), followed swiftly by Madara showing up to bail him out.
      • Naruto vs. Kyuubi, Round 2, though it is not the way you think.
      • Kisame vs Might Guy's second battle. Afternoon Tiger, bitches.
      • Mifune vs Hanzo. Mifune, the leader of the samurai proves that just because the samurai are Nameless Faceless Mooks who exist solely to Worf to whatever deadly ninja happens to come along doesn't mean they too can't kick ass and take names if they remove their masks and reveal their names.
    • From the latest flashback Minato vs A. He uses his Hiraishin no Jutsu to Flash Step out of the way of A's top speed, gets behind him and is about to stab him in the back. If Bee wasn't there, A'd have been two-paneled. Note, this is the same A who cut Hachibi's horn and later curbstomped Sasuke in their battle.
    • Sasuke vs Danzo. The only reason this fight didn't end in first five seconds is because Danzo had a jutsu which allowed him to respawn after getting killed. The fight ends the minute the jutsu runs out. Danzo is not on the winning side.
    • Naruto's official entry into the War. He pwns an entire platoon of White Zetsus with a bunch of brand new Rasengan Variations and dropping Gamahiro on a merged Zetsu. Even Bee was shocked. Later, he one-shots Toroi, a resurrected Magnetism User, with a single Rasengan. Even Kabuto was shocked at that one.
    • Edo Nagato vs. Naruto and Killer Bee. First he tanks a hit from V2 Killer Bee's lariat attack without ANY injury and instantly absorbs his chakra, reverting him to his peak form. Then he instantly captures Naruto before Naruto can even react. Then Nagato instantly counters Bee's attack and captures him.
      • Then comes Itachi, frees Bee and Naruto, figures a counter to Nagato's strongest jutsu and promptly seals him with Totsuka sword.
    • Naruto vs Mu Slamming a Chakra Arm down to the platform Gaara created, he slams his Wakusei Rasengan right into Mu's stomach. The damage is so severe that even after using the splitting technique, Mu had a hard time regenerating.
    • Second Mizukage vs Fourth Division. Even after telling them how to defeat him, they can't figure out his technique. He even gripes "...guess...I'm too strong."
    • After Naruto finally earned Kuarama's trust, and they agreed to fight together, they overpowered five other Bijuus so easily it's ridiculous. As a start Naruto Flash Stepped all of their Bijuu Damas away from Kakashi and Guy. And that's before he actually transformed! Not to mention it's still unclear, if Kurama is on full power.
  • Many fights in Bleach. Seriously, the rare fights that aren't this are How Much More Can He Take?.
    • The first match between Ichigo and Grimmjow was extremely one-sided; the latter owned the former with little to no effort and didn't get hurt at all. (Though Grimmjow did feel the need to block Ichigo's Getsuga Tensho.)
    • In the Hueco Mundo arc, Ishida and Renji struggle against Szayel, and then Mayuri shows up as part of a Big Damn Heroes brigade and trashes Szayel with Batman-level planning.
    • The Fake Karakura arc has half of the fraccion fights turning into this. Several of them go up against captains. It never ends well.
    • Ichigo's fight with Ulquiorra (both the first and second) resulted in Ulquiorra calmly No Selling his most powerful attacks before beating the snot out of him. The first fight ended with Ulquiorra stabbing him through the chest. In the second fight, Ulquiorra uses both of his One-Winged Angel forms and then blows a hole through Ichigo with a Cero. Unfortunately for Ulquiorra, Ichigo's Super-Powered Evil Side takes over and returns the favour with interest.
    • Every fight between Aizen and ANYONE. The only person in the entire series that Aizen couldn't casually cubstomp was Yamamoto(even after depriving him of the use of his zanpakto), but Aizen took him out with strategy rather than brute force. Even his last battle against Ichigo is a curb-stomp battle, except Ichigo is the one doing the curb-stomping.
    • In fact, the very first fight in the series, between Ichigo and some thugs disrespecting a memorial site, was quite literally this - Ichigo soundly thrashing the lot of them and stomping on them repeatedly.
    • The "battle" between Kenpachi and Giriko Kutsuzawa. See it for yourself.
    • At the beginning of the final arc, 116 shinigami were killed in 182 seconds (one of them being Yamamoto's Number Two, Sasakibe). The 12th division's report of the massacre concludes that the evidence currently suggests they were killed by a single individual.
  • Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann has Simon's "fight" against Viral in Teppelin. With the Quirky Miniboss Squad gone, Viral has been updated to Dragon status with a new Multi-Armed and Dangerous mecha and an immortal body, but that doesn't stop The Worf Effect from still affecting him. More funny than annoying (Simon holds him off one-handed while barely even trying or even paying attention), but it still qualifies.
    • And as seen above, a literal curb stomping battle takes place when the Gurren Lagann is under heavy fire. It robotechs through a few blasts before getting hit by one, which only serves to light it on fire, and then it's sent right for Viral's mech, which proceeds to get all the force a burning giant robot MAN ON FIRE BLAZING CHARIOT KICKING you can get. Viral literally slides through the deck for a good third of it after the kick.
      • Post-Timeskip is pretty much this. First, Gurren Lagann vs. thousands of Mugann: Gurren Lagann wins by curbstomping reality and creating several large drills all over its frame. Later, Gurren Lagann vs. more Mugann in space: GL wins by being badass enough and killing them all by shouting a battle cry. Finally, Chouginga Gurren Lagann... Need I say more? "The spirits of our friends are etched into this machine's frame. Unmatched in Heaven and Earth. One machine, equal to the Gods. Chouginga Gurren Lagann! I'll show you...the power...of HUMANKIND!" pretty much sums up the battle it fights. A short recap: It cuts a large space fortress Mugann throwing planets at CGL in half with a pair of sunglasses, shoots every point in space and time at the same time, uses the sunglasses as a boomerang and takes one drill on its shoulder and puts on top of the other drill and holds the double-drill on its hand and drills through more giant things.
  • The final fight in the second season of Full Metal Panic. Gates' supposed abilities became an Informed Ability given how easily Sousuke worked him and his entire team over. Bear in mind that it was none other than Gauron who, in stating that Gates led a team of lambda-equipped mecha that were intended to hunt down renegades, implied that Gates was an excellent pilot.
  • The end result of Gundam Seed Destiny is the final battle where the good guys win a completely flawless victory where none of their three main Humongous Mecha took a scratch. This also happened in several earlier battles with Kira taking on both sides at once and easily defeating them all. Shinn, Kira's Anti-Villain/intended protagonist rival also engages in one of these whenever he battles a non-Gundam enemy, and one could argue that his, Rey, and Luna's battle with the Destroys at Heaven's Base is another example.
  • The first season of Mobile Suit Gundam 00 is a fascinating deconstruction of this trope. Possibly constructed in response to the above occurrence in Gundam Seed Destiny. Initially, the Gundams totally dominate their opponents through sheer technological superiority. What makes this interesting is how the series explores the ways in which the various world powers arrayed against the Gundams try to compensate for this problem. This progresses to the point where the various military forces of the world successfully drive the Gundams into a corner, even though they are still technologically outmatched (it helps that they have numbers though). And finally, thanks to a traitor from Celestial Being, the technology gap is closed, which results in the Gundams struggling against Mooks.
    • A recent episode of the Second Season played this extremely straight with Louise Halevy getting revenge on Nena Trinity, again through sheer technological superiority (Louise's huge new mobile suit vs. the same Throne Nena had been using for four years = lol, were you expecting a fight?).
    • A more traditional version occurs in the final episode, pairing Healing Care against Doublelujah, Allelujah and Hallelujah working together. Long story short, at NO point in the battle does Healing Care pose even a significant threat, as Doublelujah jets around the battlefield, casually lopping off limbs and tearing away ejection systems like this is just another day at the office. The only solid blow Healing lands is right before she dies, because Doublelujah RAMS her with Arios and cuts her in half. She manages to stab Arios and do superficial damage. Of course, Ribbons, being the ass he is, immediately takes Arios out in the span of three seconds with two Fangs.
      • It should be noted in the previous example, the Arios was already severely damaged having fought its previous battle and had lost limbs before tearing Healing Care apart.
    • In the movie, this is actually subverted, in the sense that the ELS have numbers, while Earth and Celestial Being has the technological advantage. The fact that the first battle against the ELS cost Earth a Mobile Armor with 154 GN Fangs does not make anything better. In the end, though, Zabanya can easily take out a large portion of the ELS quickly, until they start changing tactics after having assimilated GN Drive technology. Harute in Marute Mode also does a fair deal of killing, considering that it is a Mobile Suit designed for Hallelujah to use. Not Allelujah. The fact that both personalities are combined as well as having Marie or Soma present in the cockpit does not make things better for the ELS... Then the Soul Braves show up and help kicking ass. And finally, GN-0000[T] 00 Qan[T] (Double-O Quanta) launches and uses its Quantum Sword, the only attack it ever actually uses, and even then, it is used as a high-tech nut-cracker, after which 00 Qan[T] is used to end the Curb Stomp Battle, by being used as a giant high-tech mobile phone.
  • The Nazi vampire assault on Hellsing manor goes this way once the vampires get into close combat, although it is justified by vampires being that much faster and overall better than the normal humans and one weak vampire defending. The Nazis vampires then get the tables turned on them when Seras drinks Pip's blood, awakens more of her power and proceeds to mop the floor with them without much more trouble.
    • Any fight in which Alucard is involved either starts up as this right off the bat (sometimes after he offers the victims a Hope Spot by letting them shoot him up first), or once the next level of his powers is unlocked. Even after Alucard is seemingly killed, releasing his last level causes him to come back to (un)life and effortlessly curbstomp the Big Bad.
  • From One Piece:
    • The definitive example is Luffy vs Bellamy, a match so one-sided that it's like watching a fight between a lion and a deer. Luffy initially refused to fight Bellamy, out of a desire not to cause trouble. Then Bellamy learned of Luffy's bounty, and assumed it was fake like an idiot. Then he stole from Luffy's friends. Luffy one-shotted his sorry ass.
      • With a single, unstretched punch, we might add; Bellamy showed off his Devil Fruit powers throughout the whole "fight", but he never found out that Luffy even had a Devil Fruit power.
    • Zoro vs Mihawk. It was pretty much a given, though he displayed enough spirit to earn the Warlord's respect.
    • The first was Luffy vs. Alvida, which consisted of Luffy letting her hit him with her mace to no effect and then taking her down in one blow. Second was Luffy vs. Axe-Hand Morgan, during which Luffy effortlessly dodged his attacks before striking him down.
      • Though technically, he wasn't finished off until Zoro stepped in.
    • Usopp vs Mr. 2 Bon Clay, which ended so quickly it was never even shown.
    • Wiper vs Shura.
    • Eneru vs anyone who isn't Luffy tends to turn into this, though Wiper made a creditable attempt.
    • Luffy vs Blueno after he uses Gear Second.
      • On a similar note, Boa Sandersonia and Boa Marigold were almost doing this to Luffy...until he stopped holding back, at which point they didn't have a prayer of winning.
    • Kumadori was ultimately unable to even slow Monster Point Chopper down.
    • Anything involving Chief Warden Magellan of Impel Down. Fighting Luffy? Matter of minutes. Facing the thousand strong army of criminals? The army runs away. The series' Big Bad and his crew? Matter of seconds. It should be mentioned that his power is generating vast amounts of poison, which Heroic Resolve does little to help against.
    • Luffy pulls another against Coby during Marineford. It looks like his Training From Hell would pay off, and he'd be able to a least slow down Luffy's Foe-Tossing Charge. He does Soru and gets a Gum Gum Bullet to the face before he's even finished moving. Luffy gave him no acknowledgment beyond saying his name.
    • Luffy vs "Hero" Garp, finished off in one blow. Though it's obvious Garp threw the fight.
    • Luffy's first fight against Crocodile, Crocodile just stood still for three minutes letting Luffy punch him, and after those three minutes were up, impaled him. Of course, this was Luffy's first fight with a Logia power that make the user near invincible unless they know Haki, which was about three hundred chapters away at the time. Once he found the trick to beating Croc his 2nd and especially 3rd fight turned into this with Croc on the receiving end.
    • Sanji gets owned by Okama Queen Ivankov in less than a panel while trying to steal a ship.
    • Post-timeskip, damn! Pacifista vs. Straw Hats rematch. Luffy one-shots the first. Sanji and Zoro each one-shot the second at the same time. It wouldn't have taken both their attacks, either, they were just trying to one-up each other.
    • The post-timeskip Zoro vs Hodi Jones the Fishman, Big Bad of the Fishman Island Arc. Zoro won. With ONE HIT. UNDERWATER.
    • During the Whiskey Peak arc, Mr. 5 and Miss Valentine are beaten in this fashion by Luffy and Zoro, while the latter two were not even interested in fighting them because they were fighting each other.
    • Straw Hats vs Hodi's 100,000 strong crew. Total and complete beatdown. Luffy took out 50,000 with one burst of Haki as the opening volley. It just gets progressively worse for the poor saps after that.
      • During the same battle all of Hodi's top henchmen are beaten effortlessly (emphasis on effortlessly) by the Straw Hats.
      • Probably the most hilarious is Hammond vs Robin. The former had already experienced one by Luffy's hands who just one-shotted him without much effort. When he reappears again, he's still recovering with bandages all over his body and wearing a neckbrace Robin frees the slaves that were carrying him as his "human tank" who toss his ass to the ground. He then decides to pick a fight with Robin by shooting a net at her. Not only is it not really Robin (due to her new clone powers) but she makes a copy of herself to bind his neck while she binds his legs and practically twists his spine. Ouch
    • Sanji vs Kalifa. Admittedly, Sanji suffers from a severe case of Wouldn't Hit a Girl. And boy, does that trope get Deconstructed with Kalifa beating the ever loving snot out of him.
      • And the silly thing is, if that wasn't the case, he would've easily beat her too, as he outmatched her in speed and strength.
  • In Code Breaker. After Takatsu Aoba is revealed as the Revenger, she attacks Ogami and effortlessly defeats him without even using her special power.
    • Though after the Re-Code arc, expect one every chapter from a new character until one of the main characters discover an Eleventh-Hour Superpower.
  • The final fight of Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha As against the Book of Darkness' defence system consists of all nine of the series' major characters (And Zafira!) using all of their most powerful attacks, and disrupting any response from the enemy.
    • The Shamal and Zafira vs. Otto battle in Striker S was a Curb Stomp Battle with Otto only managing one ultimately futile attempt to escape. This was in itself a rematch for an earlier Curb Stomp Battle where Otto and Deed send both of them to the hospital.
    • When Nanoha closes in on Dieci's position in the Saint Cradle, it looks as though Dieci will be able to put up a fight... until Nanoha nullifies her attack and knocks her down in a single shot.
    • In chapter 13 of Magical Chronicle Lyrical Nanoha Force, Curren of Huckebein defeats Erio and Vita fairly quickly, even when they have their AEC weapons.
  • Code Geass, apparently taking a lesson from the battles in the middle of Gundam Seed Destiny, has the battle where two of the elite Knights of the Round are killed in seconds by Suzaku and his souped-up Lancelot, followed by him disabling a third and then killing the supposedly best fighter Britannia had to offer about a minute later. A lot of people were not happy.
    • Kallen pulls the same kind of trick after stealing back the Guren S.E.I.T.E.N. during the Second Battle of Tokyo. For one reason or another, though, the same people were not nearly as annoyed (possibly because her main victim was a Blood Knight psychopath who basically lived on the other side of the Moral Event Horizon).
  • GaoGaiGar's fight against EI-14. By the time the actual fight starts, it turns into an eighty second demonstration of why you never bring a Real Robot knife to a Super Robot fight.
    • Also GaoFighGar's fight with Gimlet Emperuer in the first episode of FINAL. Literally everything Gimlet tries to do fails in spectacular fashion, most notably his "Colossal Combustible", which was supposed to...well, actually, its function is never revealed, as the attack is interrupted by the mech being utterly demolished by a Broken Phantom.
  • The first battle in Vinland Saga, with the Vikings against Franks, was one-sided to say the least. By the time their Frank allies had breached the walls all of the defenders had been slaughtered, the fight was so quick it left enough time for Askeladd to abscond with the loot. The only Viking casualty was one man, killed at the start of the battle, from a crossbow.
  • As proof that Tropes Are Not Bad: Ramenman. The biggest Ensemble Darkhorse in the original series, Ramenman had the prestigious fame of defeating a very powerful opponent in thirty-seconds in the Throne arc. The nature of the battle, along with the music, made it much more a Crowning Moment of Awesome for him. To put it in context, Kinnikuman's team is down to its last two members of its team, whereas Kinnikuman Zebra has only lost one member of his five-man team. Ramenman shows up and demolishes his opponent after a brief struggle, partly to show that the heroes can win. He goes on to defeat Zebra's next subordinate before succumbing to his injuries, leaving both teams with two men left.
    • Another fine example from Ramenman is his battle with Brocken, Jr. Brocken, set on revenge for his father Brockeman, controls the fight from the beginning and brutally pummels Ramenman up until the moment Brocken tries to use Ramenman's own Camel Clutch against him. At that moment, Ramenman simply asks "Is that all?" and completely turns the fight around, winning handily.
    • The match between Super Phoenix's and Bigbody's teams went this way too: Mammothman takes down all of Bigbody's teammates single-handed, defeating the first two in less than a second, ripping the third's body off his head, and fighting the fourth to a draw only because Super Phoenix wanted to beat Bigbody personally...which he did. It went the same way as the rest of the match.
  • Occurs in Kanokon whenever the Chivalrous Pervert manages to possess her beloved. Cue fireball.
  • Hiei curbstomps many of his opponents in Yu Yu Hakusho, defeating them very quickly and taking few injuries in the process, notably with Seiryu, Makintaro, and Hagiri. In some cases, however, like Zeru and Bui, he does so at considerable personal cost, but even then, they hardly put up more than token resistance.
    • Also happens both ways in a critical tournament match featuring Kuwabara. The Power of Love turns the Curb Stomp Battle around 180 degrees. And it's AWESOME.
    • Can't forget Yusuke, can we? Probably the most fist-pumpingly satisfying one is Yusuke vs. Bakken during the Dark Tournament. After Bakken just finished delivering a No-Holds-Barred Beatdown to an unconscious Kurama, it's Yusuke's turn. Other than a token resistance involving weaponized sweat, Yusuke pretty much destroys Bakken unopposed, and reduces him to begging for mercy before the fight's over.
    • Kurama also had one against the Elder Toguro. He has complete body manipulation, regeneration, can read minds. The fight lasted half an episode, But was technically over the first minute when Kurama planted a seed in Gourmet's head.
    • In the beginning last arc of the story, Yusuke, pissed off at his demonic ancestor, Raizen for interrupting his fight with Sensui, decides to try and fight him. Raizen shows just how he became king of 1/3 of Makai by nearly killing Yusuke without even moving. Said character happens to be dying from centuries of starvation. Seems like asskicking runs in the family.
    • In the preliminaries for the final tournament, the roughly four dozen other contestants in Yusuke's bracket decide to take him down first, as he's clearly the greatest threat. Yusuke almost immediately sends them all flying out of the ring, disqualifying them and advancing to the next round.
    • Another fight during the Makai Unification Tournament basically consisted of Yomi nullifying every single offensive attempt by his son Shura, then beating the piss out of his own son and threatening to kill him if he doesn't stand down.
  • Pretty much every fight Inner Moka gets into in Rosario to Vampire, especially in the first "season". The fights basically all follow the same formula: weak Outer Moka gets dominated by the Monster of the Week, Tsukune removes Moka's rosario, Outer Moka curbstomps Monster of the Week. Although as the series goes on, she and Ghoul Tsukune have to struggle more and more as the opponents they face are much more skilled than the random students and corrupt teachers they fight in the earlier chapters. In one recent case, Inner Moka actually had to fight an enemy who's clearly stronger than she is, her older sister, Kahlua.
  • Ku:Nel Sanders utterly trashing Kotaro during Mahou Sensei Negima's Tournament Arc. Especially shocking as Kotaro was The Rival, and there was a good amount of buildup to a rematch with Negi in the final. Then Sanders appears of of nowhere and beats the crap out of him the 2nd round. Of course, Sanders does turn out to be rather important...
    • Fight between Negi and Ariadne Knights lead by Emily in the recent chapters. They are supposed to be quite good fighters but just can't land a hit on Negi who doesn't even have to use his Magia Erebea. And Negi is going out of his way to avoid hurting them.
    • Fake (Shiori) Asuna getting utterly curbstomped by a single demon, after her sword failed to work.
    • ANY time that Eva appears. The best example probably being the fight with Setsuna (even if Setsuna won at the end, it wasn't by being in any way a better fighter).
    • Generally speaking there are two levels of fighters in Negima. Those at the level of Ala Rubra (Nagi, Rakan, Ku:Nel, Takahata, Godel, Evangeline, Fate and Negi), and those that aren't. When someone at the level of Ala Rubra fights those that aren't, it goes badly for the latter.
      • And in the chapter 306 (Even an Ala Rubra level fighter, Dynamis, was totally Curb stomped by Demon Negi)
    • Then there's Ku Fei, who, as the captain of the Chinese Martial Arts Club, gets challenged on the way to school every day in what always ends as a Curb Stomp Battle of her opponents.
    • In Chapter 315, Negi lays one of these down on Quartum, who really had it coming after slicing one of Negi's students in half. Fortunately, it was one of the few students who could survive something like that.
    • And when Evangeline goes all out, she curb stomps all of Cosmo Entelechia except the Lifemaker with A SINGLE SPELL!
    • Magic world arc final brings it to another level with Lifemaker stomping Rakan, Eva and the rest of Ala Rubra (those still alive and present that is) in span of three pages, only to be one-shotted by Negi and Asuna Combination Attack next chapter.
  • The final battle in Getter Robo Anthology has the Getter Emperor literally curb-stomp a god (well, using its fist)... face first into a galaxy. It ends with that one punch.
  • The fight in the manga of Fullmetal Alchemist chapter 94 was much looked forward to due to the preview in the previous volume. It turns out to be about 10-15 pages of Mustang unleashing a No Holds Barred Burndown on Envy while occasionally letting Hawkeye have a few moments of Badass Gunslinging. Envy's eyes had to regenerate several times during the fight.
    • Mustang: "I can't believe you made yourself a BIGGER target."
    • An onlooker even notes: "See those flames? That homunculus is going all kinds of down."
    • The Briggs vs. any other army.
      • But especially Drachma. They show up at the end of a volume with thousands upon thousands of troops and masses of artillery at the ready. It looks like it's setting up for an all out war in the next volume. Instead, the next volume opens up with the entire army wiped out without causing any real damage to Briggs. If anything, the Brotherhood anime was even worse for Drachma, as they didn't even manage to survive until the opening credits of the episode.
    • The first King Bradley VS Greed fight in the manga is another one. Just standing up to the man gets you a Crowning Moment of Awesome.
    • Ed VS Mustang: Ed runs away for most of the battle, and although he manages to disable Mustang's spark-creating glove (key to his fire-based alchemy), Mustang reveals that he wears such gloves on both hands and defeats Ed almost instantly.
    • In an example from the manga that doubles as a Crowning Moment of Funny, Dr. Knox utterly owns Mei and Lan Fan when they ignore his orders for strict bed rest and attempt to go all out war on each other in his house. Admittedly, they're both injured, but it was a pudgy alcoholic coroner with a smoking problem versus two bonafide trained fighters.
    • Lan Fan & Greed/Ling VS Gluttony is one constant beating that Gluttony receives from both participants. Gluttony receives this a lot.
    • Also in the manga, Father VS everyone before he lost his control on "God".
    • Alex vs Olivier in the manga. Alex got his ass kicked eight ways from Sunday.
    • In the first anime, we have the final battle of Envy vs. Ed. Envy contemptuously schools Ed in hand-to-hand combat, lets Ed take the upper hand just so he can run a Shapeshifter Guilt Trip while making it overtly clear Ed isn't doing much more than bruise him, uses that as an excuse to show just why he hates the Elrics so much. Then, while Ed is paralysed in shock, Envy impales him.
  • Complete with an actual stomping into a curb, in one episode of Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex the Major decoys a guy in Powered Armor with two handguns while running away. It blows her arm away then literally starts stomping her head into the pavement. Fortunately, her titanium skull simply causes the ground to crack without causing any damage to her brain and The Cavalry showed up before he could apply enough leverage.
  • The three vehicles forming the RX-3 just appeared for the first time, they had an awfully long combining sequence leading to the real formation of the giant robot, the leader of its pilots just defied Roger Smith and created a huge blade out of its shoulder-blades, the robot takes a combat pose... and gets obliterated in 2 seconds by Big O. And it was hilarious.
  • Kenshiro vs. Shin in Fist of the North Star. Actually, Kenshiro vs. just about any hyped up villain during the first half of the manga not named Raoh or Souther.
    • This was actually a more noticeable issue in the anime than in the original manga. In the manga, Shin was simply a textbook example of a Token Motivational Nemesis, being killed off at the end of the first story arc after serving his role to fill out Kenshiro's back-story. The producers of the anime decided to expand Shin's role by making him the main antagonist for the early episodes prior to the introduction of the other Hokuto brothers. As a result, the actual battle comes off as a bit anti-climatic compared to the amount of build-up preceding it.
  • Konata in Lucky Star curbstomping every opponent she faces ... in any video game, even a quiz bee.
  • Van vs. the Dragonslayers in Vision of Escaflowne The curb-stomping starts out cathartic and ends up terrifying.
  • In Katekyo Hitman Reborn, this trope is Hibari Kyouya personified. He either curb stomps or fight even with all his opponents. He has curb stomped most notably Tsuna, Gokudera and Yamamoto on many occasions, Gola Mosca in the fastest curb stomp battle ever,TYL Hibari curb stomped Gamma in the future arc, who had just mopped the floor with Gokudera and Yamamoto and RFW Daisy with a set of handcuffs
    • To elaborate more on that second fight, each of the duels against the Varia are preceded by a lot of talk about how unstoppably powerful the Varia are, and Tsuna predictably recoiling in horror and fear each time. Gola Mosca is hyped the most out of all of them. The battlefield is then described as being far worse than a war zone, set off by barbed wire and surrounded by automatic turrets as well as being full of land mines. Gola Mosca flies and thus doesn't care about the mines, while Hibari is forced to watch out for them. He still crushes his opponent in the space of two panels.
    • And let's not forget the part where Tsuna curb-stomps Byakuran to the point of completely incinerating him after Uni's Heroic Sacrifice. That's right. Present Tsuna actually killed Byakuran!
  • Jo Jos Bizarre Adventure
    • In Part 3, Abdul and Polnareff psyche themselves up before heading into Dio's mansion, carefully and silently testing for traps and ambushes as they go. The moment they sense an enemy is near, Iggy leaps out around the corner and takes down their opponent in a single blow. The text box sums it up like so:

  "Name: Kenny G. Stand Power: Illusions. Beaten without a fight."

    • At least he got off easy. Steely Dan got a nasty head wound and a broken arm. And then Jotaro casually punched him about 2000 times.
    • And on that note, Dio versus anyone who's not Jotaro in Part 3. And the battle against Jotaro was damn close until Jotaro realized he had an ace up his sleeve.
    • Brutally Subverted with Carine in Part 5. Mista quickly guns him down as he charges at them, before he gets a chance to show his stand. Turns out his death was the key to unleash the Nigh Invulnerable Notorious B.I.G
  • Black Lagoon: Hotel Moscow versus anyone.
  • Fairy Tail: After a huge lead-up, the final battle of Fairy Tail vs. Phantom ends with Makarov coming back from his injuries, exchanging two blows with Jose before using Fairy Law to beat him and his entire army at once (except the Phantom wind mage who drained Makarov of his magic in the first place who just gets an additional Offhand Backhand).
    • Said wind mage was just Curb stomped by Erza.
    • Also, when Laxus forces everyone to fight one another, Fried attempts to kill Elfman. Mira turns into a demon and utterly destroys him, only returning to her normal self when her she's literally half an inch from taking his life. And in the Nirvan Arc when the Oracion Seis blow up the team's ship and beat all of them to the ground before kidnapping Wendy.
    • Gildartz curb-stomps Natsu just by flaring his Battle Aura.
    • Makarov ends up on the receiving end of this trope when he faces Master Hades of Grimoire Heart. Makarov is unable to land a single good hit against him and gets Impaled with Extreme Prejudice for his troubles.
  • In D.Gray-man, Allen was recovering from a very near-death experience when Tyki had destroyed his arm and has a Teaz eat a hole in his heart. After finding out that he had somehow survived, Tyki sent a Level 3 Akuma against him while he was helpless. Allen gets kicked around and almost dissolved by the thing, but then he finally manages to get his vaporized Innocence to re-form. And now it's way more badass. The Akuma suddenly finds itself faced with Crown Clown, in all its white, fluffy Holy Hand Grenade glory, and Allen stomps back hard with a One-Hit Kill.
    • A perhaps even more epic one occurs when a Level 4 Akuma attacks the HQ and curbstomps almost the entire Order. In the process of doing so, however, it messes up Cross Marian's clothes. Bad move...
  • Touma vs Kanzaki in To Aru Majutsu no Index. She's the local magician hot chick with a sword that has divine powers. Only, she completely stomps him through the use of protective wires to keep her from nullifying any of her powers. Which she never uses. And later there's a peaceful moment followed by another quick fight where she completely dominates in hand to hand combat as well. Good thing she's friendly (kinda) because honestly, he'd never stand a chance if she really wanted him dead: as a Saint, she's considered the magical equivalent of a nuclear weapon.
    • Later on in the series, Kanzaki herself gets curb stomped by the Knight Leader, who defeats her without even drawing his sword.
    • Awaki, meet Accelerator.
    • When Acqua first appears, he curb stomps Touma and Itsuwa.
    • The fight (if it can even be called that) between Accelerator and Aiwass definitely qualifies. Accelerator gets slaughtered completely by Aiwass' passive defenses!
    • Pretty much every fight involving Fiamma is him effortlessly beating the crap out of his opponents. And then after Touma finally defeats him, Aleister shows up and does the same thing to Fiamma.
  • Digimon does this repeatedly. For instance, once in Digimon Tamers Takato and Guilmon (a Rookie that has not managed to digivolve to Champion level yet) encounter Devidramon, a Digimon inadvertently released from the field holding it by Impmon. The result of this is Devidramon flying around the city in full view of the populace and Guilmon getting his ass handed to him until he's about to be killed, after which Takato manages to get him to Digivolve into Growlmon. In the fight that follows, Devidramon is destroyed, but Growlmon has no way to de-digivolve.
    • Also in Digimon Tamers: Wargrowlmon, Rapidmon, Taomon, and Leomon vs Beelzemon. Beelzemon's the one who does the stomping. Poor Leomon.
    • Perhaps the most obvious use of this occurs in Digimon Adventure - Enter the Dark Masters. The four Dark Masters appear and take turns curb-stomping the entire team, including the Megas. It was an entire episode devoted to a series of curbstompings, acting as a sort of Wake Up Call Boss series.
    • The second movie, Our War Game, features this at the climax. WarGreymon and MetalGarurumon were devastated by around a million Diaboromon, and somehow Tai and Yamato manage to enter the Internet to help their partners. The power of...love(?) allows the two Digimon to DNA Digivolve into Omnimon for the very first time, and, it's the Diaboromon (* all* of them) who didn't stand a chance.
    • Episode 4 of Digimon Adventure, Birdramon vs Meramon: Meramon uses fire attack. Birdramon ignores. Birdramon uses one fire attack against Meramon. End of the fight.
    • This happens a lot in Digimon Xros Wars. One major example is in episode 19. Bagura commander Kongoumon unleashes a massive army of GranKuwagamon on Forest Zone. Note: GranKuwagamon would be Mega-level Digimon in a normal season. How does this end? Taiki DigiXrosses the Starmonz with Beelzebumon, who takes out the entire army with one cannon blast that splits into a meteor shower.
    • Also whenever Skullgreymon shows up this usually ensues.
  • Change 123: Sora Uzuki spends weeks trying to provoke Mokoto's most powerful alternate personality into emerging. When she does she ends up weaponless and with a broken arm within seconds, then spends the next chapter fleeing for her life.
  • In Hunter X Hunter, Killua is slated to fight Jones the Dismantler, a serial killer who uses his immensely powerful fingers to strip the flesh from people's bones with his bare hands. The entire match consists of Killua ripping Jones' heart out at a speed too fast for the naked eye to see.
  • Saito Hajime from Rurouni Kenshin is actually referred to as a character executioner by his creator. By the end of the manga, he's stomped on Sanosuke, Usui, Yatsume (otherwise known as that guy who looks like Spawn), and one of the Four Stars in four moves or less in every case. The only people he hasn't been able to crush are Kenshin and Shishio (who actually turned it around on him).
  • Break does this to Cheshire in Pandora Hearts.
  • Tenjho Tenge, as shown here.
  • Ed's father does this to both Spike and Jet in Cowboy Bebop. He disarms them by throwing an egg, completely ignores one of spike's kicks to his knee, blocks his other attacks, then lays him out with one palm strike. The only fight in the entire series where Spike is completely outclassed (even Mad Pierrot was more even), and comes totally out of nowhere.
  • Pokémon Diamond and Pearl Adventure has several, the most notable being Mitsumi's beatdown of Hareta after she was forced to rejoin Team Galactic.
  • Funniest example would be Shiine vs Umibozou the sea giant.
  • MAR. War games, Round 4: Dorothy and her teeny knife vs Avrute and his gigantic, clawed gauntlet...poor bastard never stood a chance.
  • In Hyakujitsu no Bara, following firing anti-tank munitions at a passenger train Taki proceeds to enter one of the cars and wipe the floor with Berkut, showing just how personally he is taking the unfolding events.
  • Baki the Grappler has this every time Yujiro fights. As such, it's hardly surprising when he does it. More interesting examples follow...
    • Baki utterly thrashes Yanagi and Sikorsky at the same time with a boost from his desire to protect Kozue. Midway through, he actually gets mad at them for losing so easily. "It's not yet time to give the gift of defeat! I WILL BEAT YOU 'TILL YOU CAN'T GET UP!"
    • Shunsei got a nice one from Baki too: He throws one punch, which Baki dodges, countering with a punch to the side of the head that gives him a concussion, followed by an uppercut to the chin and a roundhouse kick to knock him out.
    • The grudge match between Oliva and Yoh Kaioh: Yoh asks Oliva to hit him as hard as he can. Oliva obliges by crushing his body like an empty beer can.
  • Otome Youkai Zakuro starts up with seven characters (four of whom are military men) losing against a spider monster. Title character Zakuro then wakes up, unseals her power, delivers her usual pre-asskicking speech and kills the spider monster in no less than 15 seconds.
  • Katanagatari's final episode features 11 of these, in rapid succession, honestly the 12th battle might count as one a Curb Stomp Battle, since every hit Emonzaimon landed on Shichika was allowed by Shichika just so that he could get in close enough to finish him off.
  • Happened in Yaiba with demon Onimaru against Yaiba, then Yaiba vs the revived Batguy and also Gekko with the Devil King Sword against Yaiba. When Yaiba put his hands on the Supreme King Sword during the fight against Jewel, the "one side" of the battle quickly turns to his favor.
  • In Phantasy Degree, the students of Athena just beat up two of the top warriors of the Big Bad, and they're pumped. Then 5 more show up. Next time we see them? All the students are dead, except for one. AND THE VILLAINS DON'T HAVE A SCRATCH BETWEEN THEM.
  • In the original Mobile Suit Gundam the first battles between Char and Amuro comes out like this. While Char's mobile suit is an old Zaku II that is grossly inferior to Amuro's titular robot, Char pretty much owned Amuro, and the only thing preventing Char from destroying the Gundam three times faster than a blink was the fact he underestimated its armor and brought only a machine gun to the battle before Amuro learned to dodge.
  • Puella Magi Madoka Magica, as a Deconstruction, loves these.
    • Walpurgis Night vs. Homura Twice!
    • Homura vs. Charlotte
    • Sayaka vs. Kirsten
    • Kyouko vs. Sayaka
    • Madoka and Mami vs. Izabel
    • Homura vs. Roberta
    • Madoka vs. Walpurgis Night, twice!
    • And finally, Madoka in Goddess form vs. Kriemhild Gretchen a.k.a. Madoka in witch form (and yes, this results in some wacky hijinks).
  • Super Atragon: Every time the enemy fights anything but the battleship Ra.
  • In Mai-HiME, there are a few:
    • Mai, Natsuki and Mikoto vs. the cake-eating Orphan.
    • Miyu vs. Akane, largely by virtue of surprise attack.
    • Mikoto, Yukariko and Shiho vs. Akira.
    • Shizuru vs. Yukino, whose Child has virtually no offensive abilities.
    • Both of Shizuru's fights against Nao. Nao briefly gains the upper hand in the second fight when she wraps Kiyohime in webs, but Shizuru reverses the situation just as quickly by cutting off Julia's legs and freeing Natsuki.
    • The entire cast vs. the Obsidian Lord.
    • In the manga, Akane encounters the Three Scale Sisters, who are holding Kazuya hostage, on her way to fight the Obsidian Lord. As soon as she gets close enough to Kazuya, she summons her Child, and defeats all three with a single tornado.
  • Kimba the White Lion: Kimba takes on a group of rhinos by jumping and grabbing on to the leader's head and blinds him by covering the leader's eyes with his feet. The leader of the rhinos tries to get Kimba off his head by shaking his head and charging straight ahead only to slam into the other rhinos. The leader eventually collapses and Kimba wins the fight without a scrath.
  • Yu-Gi-Oh!: Seto Kaiba usually wins his duels like this unless his opponent is either Yugi or the current season's Big Bad. This was especially true during the Battle City arc when Kaiba had the Egyptian God Card, Obelisk the Tormentor, whose special ability is pratically designed to curb-stomp the opponent.
  • Kazemakase Tsukikage Ran: Every fight Ran is in. Meow too, but she doesn't get as many fights.
  • Psyren usually had close, well-coordinated fights, but a few fell into this category.
    • Dholaki and Shiner get the jump on the main cast, and the results are bloody. Oboro is near-fatally injured and has to convert himself into a Tavoo to survive, Hiryuu is shot into the stratosphere, Ageha gets his leg blown off, and Kabuto is injured enough to be considered legally dead though he gets better.
      • This was all to show how awesome the Future Elmore Kids were, since they pull a Big Damn Heroes moment and deliver their own curb stomping. Only Shiner makes it out alive. Dholaki was killed in two hits.
    • Junas vs Everyone in the Root Invasion arc. He takes out Ageha and Shao, both of whom are Anti-Magic users and winners of the Superpower Lottery in a few hits.
    • Whenever someone uses Nova, the results are bloody. Ageha, Amamiya, and Asuka all annihilate everything when they first use Nova.
    • The final battle against the Big Bad of the series is a joke. Ageha activates his Nova, and teams up with Miroku. They then destroy Quat Nevas in a single attack. Considering that Ageha had just seen it destroy the world though, it may have been a justified No Kill Like Overkill.
  • Blade of the Immortal offers nice example of this trope when Otono-Tachibana Makie encounters Manji for the second time. Let's just say it didn't go exactly well for him.
  • If the Dark Precure shows up to face the heroes in Heartcatch Precure, expect them to be on their backs and de-henshined. Before Cure Moonlight returned, Blossom and Marine kept getting beat silly and when Sunshine appeared, they could only hold her off long enough to bail the series' MacGuffin out! When Moonlight does return, she pays her back in kind.
    • The said can be said for Big Bad Dune. When he fully appears, he wipes the floor with everyone that's transformed. They return the favor at the end.
  • The Silvana against the Goliath in Last Exile. After the Goliath attempts a surprise attack before the duel begins, the Silvana emerges from the smoke without a scratch and proceeds to demolish them with a test fire.
  • In Gamaran there are plenty of these, usually when a named character takes on the lower members of the opposing schools. In details:
    • Gama versus the Hyuga brothers.
    • Shinnojo and Zenmaru vs the axe-users Agon and Hakuryu.
    • Shinnojo against Misaku Nikaido.
    • Zenmaru is on the receiving end while fighting Sasuke Sakakibara, but quickly turns the tide as soon as he shows us how well he can handle the Sadanaga sword.
    • Iori Sengoku regularly inflicts these at anyone who face him. Gama? Single-Stroke Battle. Ukyo of the Souen Ryu? An offpanel Cruel and Unusual Death. Ichiou Jinno, the eldest of the Myojin Ryu (one of the strongest schools of Unabara)? Two punches and it's all over.
  • Popotan: Keith's fight against Daichi, Mai and Mea, which he wins after a few seconds. His second fight with Mea takes a little longer, but he manages to subdue her (groin damage notwithstanding).
  • Submarine 707 R: Only Youhei Hayami is able to defeat Admiral Red. Hayami is the Curb Stomp Cushion that can balance the USR’s frequent Curb Stomp Battle victories against the PKN.

Notes

  1. Conservation of Ninjutsu does not apply here.
  2. Considering what level Pikachu must be at, most battles it's included in should go like this... Alas...
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