Good old-fashioned soap opera smackdowns.

There are some things that immediately pop into our minds that are iconic of any good soap opera: Rampant eavesdropping, unapologetic bed-hopping and, of course, the occasional slap. Soaps.com writers and soap fans reminisce about some of the more memorable moments when skin-met-skin from the past in some of our current and defunct yet beloved soap operas, All My Children, As the World Turns, Bold and the Beautiful, Days of our Lives, General Hospital, Guiding Light, One Life to Live, Passions, and Young and the Restless.

Lily slaps Meg on As The World Turns

The force behind this October 9, 2009 hit, combined with Meg’s taunting about Holden leaving her, sure stung. As reader NukeLover said, “That was one hell of slap that Lily gave Meg today. When she slapped her I was like WHOA! Lily really put a lot of force into it and Meg’s reaction was priceless.” Luckily we had a photo of it which shows Meg trying to stop Lily’s hand from reaching its destination.

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Destiny’s mom Phylicia slaps Nora on One Life To Live

Destiny’s mom really let Nora have it August 12, 2011 after interfering in her daughter’s pregnancy. Reader Switzerland said, “She slapped Nora so hard that I think some of Nora’s makeup came off! Watching soaps as much as I do, I love it when I see a good slap!” It’s always so shocking!

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Sam slaps Carly on General Hospital

Carly hit below the belt August 9, 2011 and Sam went nuts. Cowboysfan said, “Wow, Sam slapped the taste out of Carly’s mouth. Can’t say I blame her. She had a lot of nerve saying Sam does not know how it feels to lose a child. Sam lost a baby a few years ago.” Things come out in the heat of the moment.

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Victoria slaps Billy on Young and the Restless

It’s not always all about the ladies, and Billy gets his for writing and exposé on Victoria and Deacon November 2, 2009. “I am feeling kind of sorry for Billy right now,” said fairyprincess. “Victoria punched the sh@# out of him.” We felt his pain.

Connie slaps Carly on General Hospital

Carly has been on the receiving end of quite a few slaps, but the one dated May 2, 2012 turned into a real catfight. “I couldn’t tell if Carly slapped her, or if she punched Connie with a quick right to the jaw, but that foot stomp that Connie got in is going to hurt Carly later on,” Scrimmage said. Connie is fierce – frightening!

Theresa slaps Pilar on Passions

The date was November 7, 2007 and Pilar should have known you never come between Theresa and her man, Ethan. Tesstellthetruthalready said, “Theresa should have slapped her mom twice! Go get your man Theresa!”

Sami slaps Nicole on Days of our Lives

Ouch! You could practically see the venom drip from Sami when she found out Sydney was hers, not Nicole’s baby, that fateful winter day, November 16, 2009. Lady G said,”Nicole finally got what was coming to her and I am sorry, she is the last person I feel sorry for. Her actions were selfish and self centered, period.” It was the highlight of the year, the climax to this story.


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Stephanie slaps Liam on Bold and the Beautiful

On August 12, 2010 it all went down. Stephanie is a master at her craft, but was denied a double slap when Liam ducks the second time. “Wow, I didn’t see that one coming,” pipposprincess said. “Liam looks like he is going to need a diaper change!” You don’t want to be around when Stephanie’s cross!

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Reva slaps Cassie on Guiding Light

Reva makes it really sting by having sex with her sister’s man before whacking her across the face May 25, 2007. “It’s about time Cassie got what was coming to her,” said janmar. “She took what didn’t belong to her and now she knows how it feels.” It feels awful!

Erica slaps JR on All My Children

Another slap pro, Erica always give a little emotional dig, this time on February 23, 2007 when she told JR that Babe cared more for Josh. “When Erica slapped JR, I was hoping he would haul off and give her a kiss,” said mrfraser. “Maybe he will be her next victim!”

For giggles, we captured some of these intense slaps in a video and a few other ones to make you gasp and laugh in, the “Slaps of our Lives.”

A version of this article was written by Hollie Deese on December 6, 2012, and was refreshed by Christine Fix April 20, 2020.