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Taaaaaake THAT!
"Guaranteed to make your enemy A Twinkle in the Sky"
"Megaton Punch" weapon description, Disgaea

When she hits him, he goes flying. Not just across the room or even across the yard, but across town. Sometimes he reaches Low Earth Orbit, or at least vanishes as A Twinkle in the Sky.

This is usually an adaption of a one-panel gag the animators end up having fun with, although the usual treatment is to make it so over the top that it's not mistaken for real violence.

Compare Armor-Piercing Slap, which this trope is often combined with, or Hyperspace Mallet for another option an angry anime girl might try. If they're using a weapon of some sort, they may be a Home Run Hitter instead. Not to be confused with Rocket Punch, although it's only a matter of time before the two are combined. May cause a Nosebleed if hit in the face, or if the character is being punched for seeing his attacker naked. If the victim is, in fact, completely and utterly innocent of such things and nothing naughty happened then it's an Unprovoked Pervert Payback.

Punched Across the Room is a more low-key, 'serious' version of this trope, despite being no less physically implausible.

Not to be confused with the Mini Game of the same name from Kirby Super Star, and its remake Kirby Super Star Ultra. Or the city from Fallout.

Examples of Megaton Punch include:

Anime and Manga[edit | hide | hide all]

  • Akane Tendo (and most of the other female martial artists) in the anime adaptation of Ranma ½. Not so much in the manga, but then the anime tended to exaggerate everything.
    • Also Megaton Kicks are just as common as Megaton Punches. Sometimes the target even has time to muse on the current state of affairs and smooth out their clothing while sailing peacefully through the air.
    • Ranma's fighting style favors speed over power, so when he needs to pull out a megaton punch, he instead punches the same spot hundreds of times per second.
  • F-Zero GP Legend included a scene a memetic one in which there is an explosion comparable in size to one eight of the galaxy, which both kills the Big Bad and acts as a Heroic Sacrifice for the Captain (He had an Unexplained Recovery by the GBA game.[1]
  • Love Hina often used surprisingly-involved animation for these. Its frequent use by Naru Narusegawa means this trope is also sometimes known as the "Naru Punch". Again, didn't happen as often or as dramatically in the manga, but much more frequently than in Ranma 1/2.
    • In the first episode, Naru somehow manages to deliver the Megaton Punch... from the ground-level hot spring, up to the balcony where Keitaro was standing, two floors up, without her feet leaving the ground. As he flies off, Keitaro begs to know how she reached that far.
    • The "Naru Punch" makes a cameo in Mahou Sensei Negima, following a Thanks for the Mammary moment during Asuna's practice date with aged-up Negi.
      • Later in Negima, it turns out that Negi's mother did this a lot to Nagi. Asuna also delivers a Megaton Punch to Jack Rakan, knocking him off of a Floating Continent. He reappears right behind her, completely unharmed. Somehow.
      • Anya also did these several times to Negi... until he decided not to let her and reality ensued, showing him to be far too much stronger for her to be able to hit him otherwise.
    • In the manga Motoko does a literal Home Run Hitter, so mangaverse Naru's Megaton Punches might be literal as well.
    • Then there's the scene where a nerd-disguised Naru punches Keitaro through a corridor with him bouncing off the walls and one doorframe (while every bystander just watches and stares without getting bowled over by him) before coming to a smashing halt at a closed door, one of many scenes that earned Keitaro his reputation of being immortal.
      • That was no ordinary scene; that was when they first met.
  • In an episode of Soul Eater, Maka receives one from Black*Star of all people.
    • It was her suggestion, in order to make up after arguing with him.
    • Though its technically a chop, not a punch Shinigama sama's Shinigami chop always leave a huge bump on someone head... and a crater in the ground when he's serious
      • The correct spelling is SHINIGAMI CHOP!!!
    • Maka herself often dishes these out as well, albeit using a book.
  • Lime and the other marionettes in Saber Marionette J and its sequels frequently belt their annoying neighbor so hard he vanishes into the distance.
  • Rekuta in Duel Masters. In the American dub, at least, he would be sent flying into the sky when he was so much as clipped by someone's bike.
    • Though it would normally follow a cry of "TODOMEDA!" from Shobu.
  • Even though it is not necessarily a punch (at least most of the time), Team Rocket on the Pokémon series always ends up flying into orbit (Team Rocket's blasting off agaiaaaaaaan!...*ting!*), even if the attacks that sent them weren't necessarily that powerful.
    • As a bonus, the Japanese name of the move "Mega Punch" is "Megaton Punch" (and it's mentioned in the second series opening theme in Japan).
    • Ash's Chimchar/Monferno/Infernape has something like this as its signature move. When ordered to use Dig it'll go underground, then pop up right below the opponent and punch them in the chin hard enough to send them flying. After it evolved into Monferno, doing this to Paul's Electabuzz caused an explosion.
  • One episode of Tenchi in Tokyo featured Amagasaki continually trying to talk to Tenchi and Sakuya, only to be attacked by the spirit of a female wrestler. While the wrestler used a different move every time, the result was always the same shot of Amagasaki flying off into the distant city, even when he was inside.
  • In Magical Project S, Ramia frequently does this to her little brother Rumiya to send him to Earth.
  • Subverted in Full Metal Panic!. Chidori hits Sagara, then the camera suddenly changes to the sky with a big contrail. This gives the impression that Sagara himself just left the contrail while crossing the atmosphere.
  • Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann
  • In Sengoku Basara, especially in the Heroes expansion, Takeda Shingen pulls this off and sent Sanada Yukimura flying. "OYAKATA-SAMAAAAA!!!!!"
    • In the anime adaptation, he did it again to Fuuma Kotarou, but since the way to the sky was obstructed by a castle, he crashed there, leaving quite a hole. Also later, his Megaton Punch catches on fire and turns Hojo Ujimasa into a twinkle in the ash.
  • One Piece: After the Straw Hats brutal defeat at the hands of Kuma and his allies, Kuma chooses not to kill them, but instead use this on each crew member, separating them over who knows how many islands. He's even able to use his powers to create a safe landing for them.
    • Luffy also does this after his fights with Buggy and Wapol.
    • This is the preferred method of defeating villains in the anime. Always with a little star twinkle as they disappear into the blue.
    • Whitebeard's Devil Fruit, the Quake-Quake fruit, gives him these. He can imbue his attacks with shockwaves, and the final punch he delivers to Admiral Akainu shatters the whole island.
  • In the anime version of Naruto, Sakura does this to Naruto in Shippuuden when he's being particularly perverted. Somewhat subverted by the fact that she is physically able to send him flying because she's gained super strength.
    • This mere possibility gives Naruto the chills in the original manga - once again when he's being perverted.
    • Naruto's also known to use this move for seriousness whenever he's using the Nine-Tails' power. The battle against Sasuke at the Valley Of The End has two: one when he first slips into One-Tailed Form and hammers Sasuke in the face, sending him tumbling through the air; and another where he grabs hold of a distant Sasuke with a chakra arm and yanks him in for a massive blow.[2]
  • In the anime adaptation of Bleach, Chad punches the third seat of Squad 8 into the sky, making a star. In the manga, he punches him through a wall.
  • In Hunter X Hunter: Greed Island, Bisquit punches Killua this way whenever he makes a reference to her actual age.
    • One of Gon's special nen techniques turns his already powerful punch into a Megaton Punch by gathering all of his nen in his fist.
  • In the preliminaries of the Demon World Unification Tournament in Yu Yu Hakusho, Yusuke punches all his opponents into the sky and out of the arena. While the objective was to remove the opponents' rings, either by making them say the number or killing them and removing the ring, all of Yusuke's opponents are disqualified by ring-out and he wins. Younger Toguro punches his own brother high into the sky, far away from Hanging Neck Island to prevent him from interfering with his fight. Younger Toguro can also punch the ground to rip up huge sections of it; in the English dub this is attributing to him releasing demon energy out through his punch for extra damage, but the Japanese original has him attribute to the air pressure created by the force of his attacks. Toguro himself gets one when he supposedly kills Kuwabara by Yusuke who's so shocked that he doesn't care about holding back anymore.
  • In Fushigi Yuugi, the Nyan Nyan girls (Taiitsukun's assistants) often ended up in the receiving end of these when they seriously screwed up.
  • In Tona Gura, both Kazuki Arisaka and Marie Kagura, albeit through use of her paint-ball gun, can knock Yuuji Kagura clean across a room. Very very rarely, he can even become A Twinkle in the Sky. Subverted at least once, when Marie was about to punish Genki Girl Nina Isokawa. Yuuji effortlessly disarms her, and only gives her weaponry back when he shames his younger sister into attacking only him. Fridge Logic or Rule of Funny? You decide.
  • Heroic Age. Bellcross punches a BLACK HOLE. That is all.
  • Seto no Hanayome has San's "Mermaid Voice", which isn't a literal punch but functions the same way.
  • The titular robot of Heroman has this as its main attack.
  • Played Extra Straight in Giant Robo in which Chujo the Silent has a literal one of these, complete with mushroom cloud. His friends prevent him from using it because it would kill him. However, it is implied that he could destroy the ersatz Death Star with one punch.
  • Happens in the 5th episode of Higurashi Rei, where Keiichi gets punched into intergalactic space by Rena. The following punches to the rest of the cast, while not as extreme, also fit this trope.
  • Ran from Super GALS! does this a number of times to multiple characters when the fights are comical.
  • Fullmetal Alchemist: Any time Ed or Al says something stupid to Izumi they 'will be sent flying.
  • Subverted in Dragonball Z. Hercule attempts to use his ultimate move (appropriately named the Megaton Punch) on Android 18. It doesn't work.
    • In the latin dub this punch has twenty words in its name.
  • Episode 7 of To Aru Majutsu no Index II has Accelerator doing two in quick succession. First he charges at his victim and lets loose the first punch which she blocks with the MacGuffin the arc was about, shattering it. Accelerator throws off a quick one-liner and lets loose the second punch straight into the girl's face, sending her flying for over a hundred meters until she gets stopped by a wall and falls several floors down onto a grate with her face soaked with blood. Accelerator is walking with a cane and shouldn't even be able to speak, much less use his vector manipulation ability. Talk about Handicapped Badass...
  • THE iDOLM@STER - The Futami twins apply one of these on the Producer, calling it by name.


Comic Books[edit | hide]

  • Rogue of the X-Men was struck by Binary (the former Ms. Marvel, whose life had been ruined by Rogue before she became a reformed bad guy) so hard that she ended up nearly hitting the Moon.
    • Similarly in Garth Ennis' The Pro. The guy's jaw was never found.
      • The reader can see it though. It's on a ledge a storey or so above the ground.
  • In the famous comic-book series Asterix, the magic-potion-powered Gauls frequently send Roman Legionnaires flying so high that they don't come down for several more panels.
    • In the same vein, most of the time their sandals, shields and sometimes also the complete armour stays on the ground with their owner forcibly removed, so that when the legionnaire finally comes down, he does so in underwear only.
      • Convenient for Obelix, who, as a result of a bet in one of the early books, collects their helmets as proof of having beaten more legionnaires than Asterix did.
    • The video game Asterix and Obelix: XXL and its sequel incorporate this: whenever an enemy is defeated, they fly off the screen at high speed, stretching like elastic. However, only a helmet (which constitutes in-game currency) is left behind, as opposed to a full set of armour.
  • Alice's Fist of Death from Dilbert. Not always flying off, but she hit For Massive Damage.
    • She once hit a guy so hard she knocked him into next week.
  • Similar to the Dilbert example above, Garfield once punted Odie into next week.
    • Garfield used to do this a lot early on to other characters who made him mad including Nermal on one occasion one punch sent him flying into the moon.
  • Superman once punched Lobo so hard that he broke the atmosphere. Justified, because he's Superman.
    • Likewise, Captain Atom once punched Superman so hard that Superman landed "somewhere in Connecticut" (the punch had been delivered in Manhattan).
    • The villain Paragon knocked Superman into orbit once. Justified because Paragon adapts the super-powers of everyone around him... including Superman.
    • In the first Superman/Spider-Man team-up, the two heroes are fighting and Spidey gets in the first couple of blows, which are unusually effective due to some interference from the villains. Superman, who doesn't know why Spidey hit him in the first place, responds as he would for an equally strong opponent, only to realise, just before his fist is about to land, that the punch will kill the wall-crawler. He pulls it, but the wind-blast caused by his moving fist is enough to blow Spidey several hundred yards away, including right through a skyscraper (in and out via windows, and the inside is an open-plan office, fortunately).
    • All-Star Superman was once punched so hard he slammed into the moon with enough force to break it in half.
    • Superman once stopped just short of hitting Black Adam with a punch that he claimed could have smashed the moon (he stopped because Adam deliberately turned around and Superman didn't want to hit an enemy when his back was turned.
    • Captain Marvel (Shazam version) had a punch that was called the Megaton Punch. He only used it as a last resort on enemies that he thought could survive it.
  • The Flash (Wally) once punched someone so hard that he/she was sent flying to somewhere in Africa, and they were in Mount Rushmore. He did it with the Infinite Mass Punch in which he travels at the speed of light.
  • Marvel Comics baddie Onslaught punched Juggernaut across North America at one point.
  • The Hulk when fighting the X-woman M: "Go be invulnerable in Jersey."
    • Also in the Punisher story "Confederacy of Dunces" set in New York. The Hulk punches Wolverine, but thankfully for him, he lands in a lake...before he's promptly arrested by the Boston PD.
    • Hulk's cousin She Hulk once puched Titania into Utah... from New York City.
    • A punch from the Sentry threw She-Hulk from Manhattan to New Jersey.
      • Which then led to a Crowning Moment of Funny, in which She-Hulk catches a cab back to New York and pays back the favor to Sentry.
  • In a recent battle with a mind-controlled Power Girl, Wonder Woman gets punched into Canada. It mostly just annoys her, though.
  • In the 1980s parody comic DESTROY!!, the Red Basher goes berserk and demolishes Manhattan. When Captain Maximum tries to stop him, he ticks off the Red Basher so much that he winds up his famous "Big Bang" punch—which sends Captain Maximum all the way to the moon.
  • In Powers, Walker once punched a guy so hard he flew into the moon and bounced off it at more than escape velocity.


Fan Fiction[edit | hide]

  • The story Sleeping with the Girls, has these as a major theme. While inhabitants of the various anime/manga worlds that the protagonist travels through are protected from megaton-punch-induced-injuries due to the Rule of Funny (which is an actual universal law in these worlds), the protagonist knows that if he is hit with that force, the Chunky Salsa Rule will be in effect for him. The reason is that he comes from our world, and since our world does not have the Rule of Funny, he is not protected by it.


Live Action TV[edit | hide]

  • In The Muppet Show, Miss Piggy sends Kermit (and anyone else, for that matter) flying with a karate chop whenever she's mad at him.
  • In Smallville, Clark does this to Bizarro twice. The first time, it knocks him into the horizon. The second time, it knocks him into outer space.
  • Hana of Kamen Rider Den-O is capable of punching anyone through the roof of a time-travelling train. Normally, the frequent victim of this would be the Imagin Momotaros. It doesn't stop him from Tempting Fate and pressing her Berserk Button multiple times, however.


Pro Wrestling[edit | hide]

  • Da Crusher had a finishing move where he would wind up his arm and blast his opponent with a punch across the kisser, knocking him flat out. He called it his "100 Megaton Punch".
  • The Big Show also has one in the form of the Knockout Punch which knocks out not just smaller guys, but even guys like The Undertaker.


Video Games[edit | hide]

  • NanacaCrash. (There goes your life.)
  • In Nintendo's Super Smash Bros.. games, one of the ways a character can be defeated is by hitting them so hard they fly off into the horizon and vanish in a twinkle.
  • Guybrush Threepwood suffered this quite badly at the end of The Secret of Monkey Island, getting repeatedly punched into the air during his confrontation with LeChuck.
  • Amy Rose has her Megaton Hammer, which is useful for knocking around Sonic.
  • In God of War: Chains of Olympus, if you get the Gauntlet of Zeus and level it up all the way, you can get a Megaton Punch going.
    • There's also the Nemean Cestus of God of War III, which lets you reel in an opponent for one.
  • Mega Man ZX has appropriately-named "Megaton Crush", the half-Charge Attack of Model F's Hand Cannon which can send opponent forward and hitting another opponent on the way for an extra killcount. Hence the weapon's name, Knuckle Busters.
  • Several of the Jack characters from the Tekken series actually have a move called Megaton Punch, which is a powerful punch that does 40 damage. In addition, there is the Gigaton Punch, which is one of the most damaging (unblockable and 199 damage, meaning it'll only not take you out if you're playing with a 100% handicap and have full health) and difficult (a "lever spin" is required to pull it off in the PlayStation 2 version, but it is never explained what exactly that is) to execute, but, yes, sends the opponent flying across the stage until they hit the invisible wall.
  • Rodger the kangaroo and Alex the velociraptor have a similar attack, called "Animal Gigaton Punch." It's substantially easier to pull off than Jack's attack (originally just a lever direction combined with Left Punch), yet it's almost as powerful.
  • In The King of Fighters, Ralf Jones has a similar move named Galactica Phantom, which is practically unblockable (though fairly easy to avoid by jumping in the right moment) and, if connected, sends the opponent flying across the stage a la Megaton Punch.
    • It gets worse in the GBA spinoff The King of Fighters EX 2: Howling Blood, where the Galactica Phantom has a much, much shorter charge time and is a regular move instead of a SDM, meaning you can conceivably OHKO someone right off the bat with it on a counterhit...
    • Ryo Sakazaki has this as well, with Tenchi Haoken, which has the added benefit of STUNNING your opponent.
    • By luck or if you feel you're pure awesomeness, have these as a counter attack and you'll shit bricks from the damage it causes to your enemy. Especially Galactica Phantom SDM. Lethal even for bosses.
  • In Super Robot Wars Original Generation 2, Excellen playfully invokes this trope if you have her perform a certain mecha's punching attack, pretending that the enemy is her boyfriend being stubborn. The Original Generations remake even has her screaming out: "Kyosuke no BAKA!" as she delivers the final blow.
    • Seolla follows this suit when she rides the hot blood inducing machine Gespenst Mk II S. Have her execute the Gespenst Kick, and she'll pretend the enemy is Arado and yells out "A-ra-do no.... BAAAAKKKAAA!!" and delivers a Megaton Kick to the enemy.
    • In Original Generation Gaiden, first we have Folka's Iadabaoth which one move start with Rapid-Fire Fisticuffs but end with Punched Across the Room which broke the mountain in background. Then Shura King Alkait's Raha Exteem ditch the spam part and just punch once, send enemy through several mountains.
  • The Dragon Kick in God Hand is an instant kill to normal enemies and does sizable amounts of damage to bosses. The victim goes flying into the air and disappears with a twinkle before a parallel Gene in France Dragon Kicks them back. 100 Fists and Home Run God have a similar effect.
  • Guilty Gear's Potemkin has an Instant Kill in XX that fits this trope - he takes off his power-limiting collar and kills the opponent with a single punch.
    • In the same game, the vampire Slayer has an Instant Kill where he punches his opponent into space, turning them into A Twinkle in the Sky. Then recites a haiku.
  • In Primal Rage, the character Blizzard has the aptly-named To Da Moon fatality.
  • This is Yui's favorite move to use on Ryo in Brass Restoration. She's apparently been using it on him since childhood, so his intense training has made him immune to any damage he would otherwise suffer.
  • The Berserk Pack from Doom was like this, only instead of sending your enemies flying it made them splatter into a million pieces.
  • Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas had a cheat which turned your standard melee punch into a Megaton Punch, allowing you to send enemies flying a hundred feet straight ahead when you punched them. For added hilarity, the cheat also affected NPCs.
  • Fire Emblem has one in Path of Radiance: when Boyd teases Mist for weighing more than Leanne, she knocks him across a pool of water and into a tree. The animation for the "Smite" ability, which, normally, is available only to the largest character in the game (disregarding shifted dragons), is used for this scene. The only other character to knock someone out with a shove is the friggin' Black Knight!
  • This is Bowser's basic attack in Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story. If done right he can punch enemies across the screen and if done wrong he trips on the enemy instead. This is also used as a Finishing Move for the Final Boss of the game, in which he manages to rival Captain Falcon himself in Incredibly Epic Punches.
  • In Fallout 3 the pneumatic Power Fist can actually make an enemy to explode, just like this.
    • With enough points in the unarmed skill this can easily be done with your bare hands. Or any weapon for that matter if you take the Bloody Mess perk.
    • Taken to, perhaps, it's logical extreme in Fallout: New Vegas. Take said Power Fist, attach a contact plate to the knuckles and connect said plate to a double barrel shotgun. Boom.
  • BlazBlue
    • Bang Shishigami performs one as his ultimate finisher. Especially played straight when he also falls victim to one from Litchi Faye Ling in her story mode, and that's if she loses to him in a fight she challenged him to.
    • Hazama has a kick version in his Serpent's Infernal Rapture distortion drive, which sends the opponent flying all the way off the screen vertically.
    • Makoto's Astral Finish, which ends with her punching her opponent all the way to the moon, smashing it to pieces.
  • Final Fantasy VI has an enemy attack called "Megaton Punch." It instantly kills the target party member and ignores immunity to instant kill attacks.
  • Bayonetta has the mother of all Megaton Punches in the ending, where Bayonetta binds Jubileus, the god of her universe, with her hair, does an elaborate magical dance... and summons a gigantic avatar of herself, also from her hair, which proceeds to kiss her fist, wind up and PUNCH GOD IN THE SUN from past Neptune's orbit at faster-than-light speed. I'd say that about takes the cake...
    • How bad is this punch, you ask? Most of Bayonetta's hair-demon attacks have damage calculated in terms of Gigatons, with Megatons being used for the Torture Attack finishers on mooks. The final hit on Jubileus? It's measured in Infinitons!
      • Also, she's not summoning an avatar of herself. She's summoning Queen Sheba, the setting's equivalent to SATAN to sucker-punch Jubileus!
  • In the boxing arcade game Ring King, if one fighter performs a dashing uppercut while the other fighter is standing by the ropes on the left or right side of the ring, the fighter who gets hit will be sent flying out of the ring, landing somewhere off-screen, thereby resulting in an instant K.O. win for the boxer who did the uppercut.
  • Demon's Souls also has one right at the beginning, if you can beat the tutorial boss (who you're supposed to lose to). If you manage to survive it (which is possible, just requires timing), you then get to visit an extra area with loot, lots of corpses... and the humongous Dragon God boss from later on in the center area. As soon as you enter that area, the Dragon God roars at you, stunning you, and then Falcon Punches you right out of the room for an instakill, sending you to the Nexus anyway. Ouch. Especially nasty if wearing metal armor, as the shower of sparks gives a really nasty idea of how painful that was.
  • While she does it with a throw rather then a punch, Marina Liteyears, a Robot Girl with a powerful throw (to the point grabbing and throwing is her entire attack style) of Mischief Makers does this to her creator Prof. Theo each time she finsihes rescueing him due to him trying to grope her. Another villain then grabs him and she has to do it all over again.
  • "Freedom Force" has this with either in-game standard characters or your custom characters, it's all up to how you design the attacks. Especially hilarious due to semi-realistic physics engine, which means that lightweight opponents get sent flying higher/further from higher knockback. If you're good at balancing perks and flaws, you can have a custom character who can wield trees and buses as early as the first couple of stages, knocking female enemies across town! Also, the physics engine applies impact damage when they land/collide with stuff. My favourite part of a really fun game.
  • While quite of a few of the fist attacks in the Disgaea series would qualify, the Rising Dragon fist skill in 2 and 3 is probably the best example, as it has the user do a flying uppercut on the target that brings both out of the atmosphere before punching the target so hard that they become a twinkle in the blackness of space instantaneously.
    • The version of it used in 4 is noticeably different in execution, but still very much a megaton punch. The victim is first punched under a waterfall flowing from the top of a mountain, then uppercutted so hard that the force sends the water flying back up the mountain along with the target. After the target flies out of sight, the mountain splits in half and crumbles to dust.
  • The end of Donkey Kong Country Returns involves DK destroying the evil lair by punching the moon into it.
  • Digimon World has Megaton Punch as an actual attack that your Digimon can learn.
  • In the ending of Batman: Arkham Asylum, Batman finishes off the Titan-mutated Joker by spraying his fist with explosive gel and punching him in the face.
  • The early FPS/RPG Strife combines this with Ludicrous Gibs. Stamina implants improve both your hit points and your punch damage, with enough you smash an enemy across the room in a shower of meat.
  • A good Wrestler in Dwarf Fortress can punt an enemy quite far away with just one punch.
  • In the game Super Mario Galaxy 2, Bowser actually tries to punch the planet Mario/Luigi is standing on during all three of his boss battles.
  • Pokémon has the move Mega Punch, which was called Megaton Punch in Japan. There's also the similarly named "Mega Kick".
  • In Mortal Kombat Trilogy, Rain has a move that lets him roundhouse kick his opponent so far across the screen that they coming flying back on the other side. Subverted by the fact that the distance it sends the opponent is far more than the damage it does.
    • Also, one of Raiden's fatalities is an explosive uppercut that blows his enemies into pieces.
  • Rare first person shooter example: Dark Forces, the first entry in the Dark Forces Saga, leaves Kyle Katarn with only his fists as his Emergency Weapon (this being before they established Kyle as an active Force-sensitive Jedi). Typically, punching a (humanoid) opponent puts them into a moment of stunlock and bounces them a bit. However, if Kyle crouches, looks up slightly, and punches, he can send most Imperial cronies flying across the room with greater Knockback than all but his most powerful explosive weapons. This can get entertaining in some levels, allowing Kyle to punch stormtroopers off cliffs and the like.
  • Saints Row 2 gives us the highly entertaining Pimp Slap weapon. The game's loose association with reality only makes it all the more amusing to watch.
  • In The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, due to a bug in the physics engine, giants are able to smack humans into low orbit.
  • In Solatorobo, Red winds up on the receiving end of one of these from Elh after the second Shower of Awkward (the first got him an Armor-Piercing Slap).
  • Mass Effect 3 introduces class-unique heavy melee attacks to the series. While most classes use omni-blades and the Adept focuses on Punched Across the Room, the Vanguard class gets a straight-up powerful biotic punch which executes faster than other heavy melees, synergizing well with their Charge ability.


Webcomics[edit | hide]

Moloch von Zinzer: He'll learn. 'specially since, when she punches, she puts her hips into it.


Web Original[edit | hide]


Western Animation[edit | hide]

  • Pick a Popeye cartoon, and half the time, after pummeling the bad guy into a bruised, battered shell of a man (or woman... or alien...), Popeye will deliver one last, huge punch, often with humorous results upon landing.
    • The sometimes-seen Twister Punch is Popeye's own twist (heh heh) on the Megaton Punch.
  • In Justice League Unlimited, taking a punch from one of the more powerful characters easily sent the victim several miles or further (this is probably what is expected, considering some punches are capable of breaking the sound barrier).
    • Best example is when Superman delivers a punch on Darkseid. This is after Superman gives his World of Cardboard Speech and reveals he's ready to cut loose on the one person in the universe he can hit at full power...
      • To put this in perspective, with one punch, Darkseid was sent sailing through seven skyscrapers, and kept going! The only thing that stopped him was Superman giving him a Meteor Move midflight.
  • Once on Yin Yang Yo, Yin lost control of her aura and sent Coop all the way across the world. She's normally done a Megaton Punch on several occasions (mainly Card Carrying Villains and Coop the Chicken).
  • Lugnut's Punch Of Kill Everything from Transformers Animated, in which the character can create massive explosions (that leave him unharmed... unless triggered prematurely) by punching the ground or the target. In Japan, this weapon is actually called the Megaton Punch. Lugnut has combined the Megaton Punch with the Rocket Punch.
  • In Regular Show even the weak can do this practising the art of "Death Kwon Do": wearing a mullet and cut-off jeans.
  • In an episode of The Angry Beavers, Dag picks on his brother everyday until finally, Norbert gets so furious he litterally punches Dag into last week...repeatedly. Finally, Dag ends up making him promise not to do it again, then annoys him severely, Norbert keeps his word and doesn't punch him into last week...instead he punches Dag back to the dinosaur age!
  • Arthur:

"I told you... NOT! TO! TOUCH IT!!!"

Bob: You idiot! Look what you've done!
Slash: What? He hurt my friend!


Real Life[edit | hide]

  • Legendary heavyweight boxer Rocky Marciano's face-off with Jersey Joe Walcott in 1952 for the world heavyweight title ended with a magnificent example.
    • In case you missed it, they were checking to see if Walcott was alive. That's the kind of punch that makes Captain Falcon look like a pansy.
  • The punch of the "smasher" variety of mantis shrimp has an acceleration of over 100,000 m/s. Not only is the impact of the punch itself incredibly powerful and has been known to break through aquarium glass with a single strike, the rapid acceleration (about the same as a .22 caliber bullet) actually creates a shockwave from the collapse of cavitation bubbles, capable of stunning or killing its target even if the punch itself misses. Watch this specimen break open a clam, and just listen to those blows. The sounds are being muffled through aquarium glass. The shockwave is also accompanied by a small burst of light and a temperature increase of several thousand degrees, although the effect is too short-lived to have any real offensive significance.
  • Bruce Lee had a finger-hand punch - his famous "one-inch punch" - that moved so fast and was so powerful it would knock back opponents several feet. Even when the opponent was ready for the blow.
  • Dan Henderson is known for (what is in many people's opinions) the hardest knockout punch in mixed martial arts (MMA) history. Henderson knocked out Englishman Michael Bisping at UFC 100 with a punch he wound up almost 180 degrees and stepped into with most of his body weight (Bisping was also circling into the punch). "Hendo" followed up the sledgehammer blow with an equally-devastating full-body-weight-jumping-elbow to Bisping's face after the poor Brit had already hit the ground, unconscious.
  1. The explosion was caused by something else, but that makes it less awesome, so we'll just pretend.
  2. I know Megaton Punch is supposed to be for funny, with Punched Across the Room being the serious variant, but the latter blow was just too high-powered - and the distance Sasuke's sent flying too much - to be classed as anything other than a full-blown Megaton Punch
  3. (For those who don't get it: Ganon's moves are a direct copy of the one that has a page quote)