Created By: HandsomeRob on July 18, 2011 Last Edited By: Arivne on August 31, 2015
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Brawler Lock

When hand holding gets violent. ;)

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Two characters are fighting, and during the course of the battle, they clasped their hands together and push against each other in a test of strength. This can happen when one of them throws a punch or any kind of strike and the other catches it, and vice versa. They can stay like this for a while, with one trying to overpower the other and bring him or her to their knees.....

A Groin Attack is also possible.

A combat trope, see Blade Lock for this with swords.

Examples:

Anime and Manga

Western Animation

Film
  • Obi-Wan Kenobi and Anakin Skywalker do this during Revenge of the Sith, only using Force powers instead of actually clenching hands.

Literature
  • Someone tries to do to this to Bork in The Albino Knife. He lets the guy struggle for a bit, then picks him up and tosses him across the room.
  • In an early Discworld novel, the aged Cohen the Barbarian grapples the Luggage (a sapient wooden chest that eats people) to a standstill. Eventually a third party has to separate them.

Comics
  • Done as far back as the The '60s when The Mighty Thor first went up against The Incredible Hulk. They've done this many times since, one of the more famous examples being when The Avengers fought The Defenders.
  • During World War Hulk, The Juggernaut and the Hulk locked up in a similar fashion. The Hulk ended up using Juggy's momentum against him by letting go and allowing him to blast off into the distance.

Pro Wrestling
  • This has existed in Pro Wrestling for years as the Collar and Elbow tie up, and has been traditionally the way two wrestlers will start a match.
    • Besides the Collar & Elbow, this exists in Pro Wrestling (and many a schoolyard) as the fingerlock, where the opponents lock hands with each other and try to make the other go to their knees.

Web Comics

Video Games

Community Feedback Replies: 24
  • July 22, 2011
    HandsomeRob
    Shazam! aka Bump.
  • August 7, 2011
    Prime_of_Perfection
    Test of Strength may be a better title for this, but that's just me.
  • August 8, 2011
    peccantis
  • August 24, 2011
    AP
    Obi-Wan Kenobi and Anakin Skywalker do this during Revenge Of The Sith, only using Force powers instead of actually clenching hands.
  • August 25, 2011
    AP
    Comicbooks

  • August 25, 2011
    Speedball
    Brawler Lock works for me.
  • August 26, 2011
    randomsurfer
    Besides the Collar & Elbow, this exists in Pro Wrestling (and many a schoolyard) as the fingerlock, where the opponents lock hands with each other and try to make the other go to their knees.
  • August 29, 2011
    Taeraresh
    Someone tries to do to this to Bork in The Albino Knife. He lets the guy struggle for a bit, then picks him up and tosses him across the room.
  • September 22, 2011
    HandsomeRob
    Bump
  • November 12, 2011
    HandsomeRob
    2nd bump, same as the first
  • December 21, 2011
    HandsomeRob
    Gotta work on putting pictures. Also need to figure out how to properly do captions.
  • December 21, 2011
    KZN02
    Ultimate Marvel Vs Capcom 3: The Hulk and Haggar the opening cinematic
  • December 24, 2011
    Generality
    In an early Discworld novel, the aged Cohen the Barbarian grapples the Luggage (a sapient wooden chest that eats people) to a standstill. Eventually a third party has to separate them.
  • December 25, 2011
    Arivne
    Anime and Manga
    • Bleach anime episode 220. During Captain Komamura's fight with the Arrancar Poww, Komamura's Bankai (a giant samurai) and Poww's huge resurreccion form grab each other's hands and test their strength.
  • December 25, 2011
    surgoshan
  • December 26, 2011
    Ryuuma
    Uhm, I don't know, the trope looks good, but the laconic needs more work. If it's Blade Lock without the blade then it's not Blade Lock. You should put something like "two grappling people gets struck" and similarities.
  • December 26, 2011
    HandsomeRob
    ^ changed the Laconic quote. Hopefully it will come off better.

    ^^ As funny as that was Surgoshan, I don't think it quite fits the criteria.
  • December 28, 2011
    HandsomeRob
    More examples!!! More food for the beast!!!
  • December 28, 2011
    92
    Harry Potter And The Prisoner Of Azkaban: Before a Quidditch match between Gryffindor and Slytherin the two captains are told to shake hands, Harry notes that it looks like each one is trying their hardest to break the other's hand.
  • December 28, 2011
    HandsomeRob
    ^ That's not bad, but I think that would be a different trope.

    Do we have a trope for trying to crush someone's hand with a handshake, because we definitely should?
  • December 28, 2011
    randomsurfer
    No trope page that I know of but there's a ykttw for it.
  • December 29, 2011
    jacobgrey
    I'm unsure if it would make for a good name, but perhaps a good real life example? This is called "corps a corps" (pronounced core ah core) in fencing, meaning body to body. It applies any time you press hilt to hilt as well.
  • December 29, 2011
    HandsomeRob
    ^ That's already mentioned in Blade Lock, but the suggestion is appreciated.

    Might launch this soon, but a few more examples won't hurt.
  • December 30, 2011
    HandsomeRob
    Alright. Time to LAUNCH THIS BEAST!!!!!!...

    ...Tommorow morning. ;)
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