Morihei Ueshiba, founder of Aikido in Real Life (tm), master of the offhand backhand.
German is an amazing language.
Although a Backpfeife is given with an open hand, not with a fist. Kind of like an Ohrfeige, where the word comes from. The ear (Ohr) was just replaced with the cheek (Backe).
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Puncher: Sherlock Holmes
Punchee: Roaring Jack Woodley
Memorable Lines: "Only a ruffian deals a blow with the back of the hand!"
Why it’s Awesome: Mr. Woodley is the odious suitor of Miss Violet Smith, the titular solitary cyclist. He is in every way a ruffian and a boor, and he is trying to force a young lady into marriage entirely against her will. He accosts Holmes in the local pub, when the detective is there doing some detectoring on Miss Smith’s behalf. At which point Holmes proceeds to utterly wipe the floor with him. In the detective’s own words: “It was a straight left against a slogging ruffian.” The triumph of culture and gentlemanship in the face of boorishness and unsophistication. Victorian gentility at its finest. It is also the only case I can think of where the “posh” english boxing style is played straight, and to wonderful effect. And look at that little smile there. As utterly cerebral as Sherlock Holmes is, even he is not immune to the joy of punching a bully in the face.
Where to find it?: The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, “The Solitary Cyclist”
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Puncher: Princess Anna of Arendelle
Punchee: Prince Hans of the Southern Isles
Memorable Lines: "The only frozen heart around here is yours"
Why it’s Awesome: Hans is everything Anna could have ever wanted in a Prince - charming, intelligent, gorgeous, a little bit dorky, and most importantly, a human being who occasionally pays attention to her. Erm…yes. Naturally it is Love At First Sight (tm). Well, until it turns out that Hans is playing off of her isolation and desperation take over the kingdom (after murdering her older sister, of course). There’s only one proper way to deal with that kind of a loser. Normally, though, you’d expect his comeuppance to come at the hands of Kristoff, his heroic replacement as Romantic Lead. But this is not Kristoff’s story - it’s not his quest and it’s not his facepunch to give - it’s Anna’s. How can you tell who the Hero of the story is? It’s the one punching the villain in the face.
Where to find it?: Frozen (2013)
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Punchee: Innocent Horse
Why it’s Awesome: There are various ways to establish a character as a force to be reckoned with. Make him physically huge. Remove his sleeves to show off bulging muscles. Give him a short, single name with lots of back vowels. Or just find the biggest, baddest person around and have him punch him in the face. But Mongo goes the extra mile. He’s not just the big strong guy - he’s the ridiculously big strong guy. Anybody else would have faced off against the person, but Mongo punches out the friggin horse. Without a second thought. Who punches horses? It’s completely outside any established rules. Not to mention the horse must have like three times his mass. It is his character establishing moment, and the character it establishes is one who does not mess around. It is the crowning moment of face punch taken up to eleven.
Where to find it?: Blazing Saddles (1974)
Puncher: Nicholas of Myra
Punchee: Arius the Heretic
Why it’s Awesome: I generally do not use Real Life (tm) examples,* but Friday was the Feast of St. Nicholas, and also what’s more awesome than saints who also punch people?
Ecumenical councils are not typically known for rowdy excitement, and people canonized as saints we typically remember for their serenity and piety, but not so much for their skills at fisticuffs. And then there’s St. Nicholas. So famous for his generosity that he’s come down to us as Santa Claus, the bringer of gifts for good children, it’s easy to forget that the Jolly Fat Man was historically kind of a badass. At the council of Nicea, when another attendee, Arius, put for the proposition that Christ was a creation of God, rather than consubstantially begotten of God (a small point but an important one to those who are into that sort of thing), Nicholas was so incensed that, well, he punched Arius in his heresy-spouting face. Not only does it serve as a nice shake up of the traditional Santa Claus mythos, but it also just goes to show that, even 1600 some years ago, people understood the powerful semiotic weight of a crowning moment of face punch.
Where to find it?: St. Nicholas vs. Arius, by George Tautkus
* NOTA BENE: Crowning Moment of Face Punch does not support physical violence as a legitimate means of resolving theological debate
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"It’s all fine, now. Moriarty’s network is crushed. We’re safe, and—"
"I have everything I need to clear my name, we can go back to wor—"
"You are all I thought of the whole time I was awa—"
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"Mycroft, Can I stay here tonight?"