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The user attacks with a powerful punch, elbow, kick, or knee that hits the opponent in the stomach. This will leave the opponent damaged and briefly stunned, allowing the user to launch further assaults against the stunned opponent. The attack can also be launched in the back of the opponent, inflicting even more damage, and will then also stun the opponent for a longer period of time. Some versions not only land a blow to the stomach, but even go as far as to penetrate it.
It is used by Goku during his match against Piccolo at the 23rd World Martial Arts Tournament, as part of his Meteor Combination. It is used by Garlic Jr. during his battle against Kami in the movie Dragon Ball Z: Dead Zone. Most fighters in the universe use this technique, and its force and style varies on the user: Raditz uses the technique in the form of a powerful knee strike, which sent Goku plummeting to the ground when he used it before kidnapping Gohan. Big and brutish characters like the Great Apes are known for delivering massive heavy finishes, which takes the opponent long time to recover from. Android 17 uses the technique as part of his Now We're Playing for Keeps! technique.
In the movie Dragon Ball Z: Cooler's Revenge, Goku utilizes an Heavy Finish when kneeing Dore in the gut, temporarily stunning him, although Dore recovers quickly and proceeded to grapple him in order to pin him for a kick from Neiz. Upon accessing his final form, Cooler utilizes the attack on Goku, the blow being powerful enough to cause a whirlpool to temporarily form in the lake, something that gave Cooler a lot of satisfaction. Shortly after becoming Super Saiyan, Goku utilizes an Heavy Finish in the form of a knee strike to Cooler's gut, causing Cooler to back away and get into a coughing fit, before laughing upon realizing the cause of Frieza's defeat. In Dragon Ball Z: Super Android 13!, having absorbed the Spirit Bomb into himself to prevent it from backfiring, Super Saiyan Goku finishes off Super Android 13 by punching him through the stomach. In Dragon Ball Z: Broly - The Legendary Super Saiyan, after being supercharged from energy supplied by Vegeta, Gohan, Future Trunks, and Piccolo, Goku defeats Legendary Super Saiyan Broly with a punch through the stomach, causing the Legendary Super Saiyan to burst from his stomach and detonate. Future Trunks uses the impalement version of the ability to finish off Kogu in Dragon Ball Z: Bojack Unbound. In the same movie, Super Saiyan 2 Gohan utilizes this technique on Bojack, significantly wounding him when the latter attempted to rush at Gohan in a blind fury.
Appearances in games
This type of heavy blow is used in several Dragon Ball video games, including the Budokai series and the Budokai Tenkaichi series, in which the "Heavy Finish" name was introduced as a heavy blow used to finish combos.
In the Budokai Tenkaichi series, some users of Heavy Finish are also able to perform a so-called Heavy Crush. It consists of following up with the buttons triggered for the Heavy Finish two times, then ending it with the SQUARE button. This will result in a combo that ends with the opponent being flung far away while he/she is flipping around in the air.