We’ve found the root of The Slap’s problems: It should have been called The Punch.
Look at the evidence: While everyone is gearing up for Saturday’s Mayweather vs. Pacquiano throwdown, perpetual slappers Barney Stinson and Marshall Eriksen languish in permanent TV time-out. Why? Because the last slap in How I Met Your Mother‘s slap bet was for the viewers. People are burned out on slaps right now. Punches are so much more satisfying.
And so, in the spirit of the weekend’s biggest fight, EW pulled together 10 of our favorite film and TV punches. Let’s throw it down.
Hermione punches Draco, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (2004)
This is why Hermione is the brightest witch of her age: She knows when to set aside her wand and opt instead for a surprise punch to the face. It’s not just good—it’s brilliant.
Phil punches Ned, Groundhog Day (1993)
You don’t have to be living the same day on repeat to get where Phil’s coming from here.
Captain Steven Hiller punches an alien, Independence Day (1996)
Honestly, a clip of Will Smith punching an alien probably is the best way to welcome someone to Earth.
Mark punches Daniel, Bridget Jones’s Diary (2001)
“Should I bring my dueling pistols or my sword?” If Kingsman: The Secret Service is any indication, Daniel could have a cannon, and it wouldn’t make a difference. Colin Firth punching people—hot then, hot now, hot always.
Ryan punches Dean Hess, The O.C. (2005)
Both the dean and his sweater vest had it coming.
Derek punches Mark, Grey’s Anatomy (2009)
Tragically, not a fight over who has the better McNickname. (RIP, guys.)
Anna punches Hans, Frozen (2013)
Set aside your Frozen fatigue and remember how exhilarating it was the first time you saw a Disney princess throw a punch at a royal asshat.
Hulk punches Thor, The Avengers (2012)
BYE, OTHER PUNY GOD.
Ron punches Jamm, Parks and Recreation (2013)
The first thing Ron ever said about Jamm was, “He looks like he could use a swift punch in the face.” Ron Swanson, as always, was right. The fact that he saved that punch until he could use it to defend his friend (sorry, “workplace proximity associate”) on her wedding day just makes it even sweeter.
Lane punches Pete, Mad Men (2012)
What is the best thing about Lane’s “last piece of advice”? Is is that he rolls up his sleeves while calling Pete a “grimy little pimp,” or is it that everyone in the office is unapologetically thrilled to watch this go down? Get the people of Sterling Draper Cooper Pryce some popcorn already.