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Two characters are fighting, and during the course of the battle, they clasp 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. They can stay like this for a while, with one trying to overpower the other and bring him to his knees.....

A GroinAttack is possible. Also, the combatants need not lock fingers. Grabbing each-other's wrists is also an option.

When RapidFireFisticuffs is met with this, you have PunchPunchPunchUhOh

See BladeLock for this with swords. BeamOWar is this, but with, well, beams.

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!!!Examples:

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[[folder: Anime and Manga ]]

* ''Anime/DragonBallZ'' did this a few times, with [[TheHero Goku]] on one side and [[BigBad Frieza,]] [[BloodKnight Cell,]] and [[AntiHero Vegeta]] on the other.
* ''TransformersArmada'' did this frequently.
** Also happened a lot in ''TransformersCybertron'', most often between Optimus and Megatron.
* In ''TenchiMuyo'', Ayeka and Ryoko have done this [[CatFight during some of their battles.]]
* In ''Manga/RanmaOneHalf'', Ryouga does this with Girl Type Ranma in the last bit of the Golden Pair arc (in the anime at least)
* A mecha-sized version happens in ''GaoGaiGar Final'', when Gaofighgar and Gimlet emperor grasp hands. Gimlet thinks he's winning..........[[BadAss but he's fighting Gai Shishio.]]
* During the [[StoryArc Edolas Arc]] of ''Manga/FairyTail'', Erza Scarlet ends of doing this with her EvilTwin Erza Knightwalker as a result of a FearfulSymmetry induced CombatBreakdown.
* ''Anime/TengenToppaGurrenLagann'' has [[AuthorityEqualsAsskicking the Spiral King]] Lordgenome do this with [[TheHero Simon...]] while Simon is piloting [[MiniMecha Lagann.]] That's right. Genome gets in a mercy-fight with a fucking robot (an admittedly small robot but still bigger than most humans)... '''[[SuperStrength and he wins!]]'''
** Later in the series, the titular [[TitleDrop Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann]] does this with the Anti-spiral's Grand Zemboa during the final battle.
* Greymon did this with a Dark-Tyranomon in the Christmas episode of ''Anime/DigimonAdventure02''.
* During the Kanto Season of ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'', Charizard and Magmar were doing this. It led to [[MemeticMutation Charizard defeating Magmar in the heart of a volcano itself!!!]]
* ''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. Watch it [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FQD5ZqNYW6Y#t=6m20s here.]]
* RumikoTakahashi's ''Maris the Chojo'' does this, between the titular character and her [[TheRival rival Sue]]. Both are [[HeavyWorlder super strong due to coming from a planet with high gravity]], but Maris is at a disadvantage since [[PowerLimiter she can't remove the restraints that keep her strength in check]].
* In the final episode of ''Anime/YuGiOh5Ds'', [[TheHero Yusei Fudo's]] Shooting Star Dragon and [[TheRival Jack Atlas']] Scar Red Nova Dragon do this when a battle is initiated. Since they have the same number of attack points, [[MutualKill both are destroyed.]]
* In ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'', during their [[TournamentArc Chunin exam fight]], Sakura and Ino end up briefly doing this, along with [[CrossCounter cross counters]], and [[PunchParry Punch parries]]. It slightly different from other examples in that they break away before getting to the fingerlock part.
* ''Anime/TheBigO'' episode 17 "Leviathan". The Big O grabs the title megadeus' pincers during their battle.
* In the opening page of ''FateKaleidLinerPrismaIllya'', [[TheRival Eternal rivals Rin Tohsaka and Luviagelita Edfelt]] [[http://mangafox.me/manga/fate_kaleid_liner_prisma_illya/v01/c001/1.html end up doing this mere seconds after meeting up in Japan.]]

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[[folder: Comic Books ]]

* MarvelComics did it as far back as TheSixties, when TheMightyThor first went up against the ComicBook/IncredibleHulk. They've done this many times since. One of the more famous examples was when Comicbook/TheAvengers fought The Defenders.
* During ''WorldWarHulk'', TheJuggernaut 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.

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[[folder: Film ]]

* Obi-Wan Kenobi and Anakin Skywalker do this during ''Film/RevengeOfTheSith'', only using Force powers instead of actually clenching hands.
* Infamously, this is the main fighting stance taken by Superman and Nuclear Man during their fight in ''Film/SupermanIVTheQuestForPeace''.

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[[folder: Literature ]]

* Someone tries to do this to [[HeavyWorlder Bork]] in ''[[Literature/MatadorSeries The Albino Knife]]''. He lets the guy struggle for a bit, then picks him up and tosses him across the room.
** Later, in ''Brother Death'', Bork finds himself in a similar lock with someone even stronger than him. After several seconds of complete angst, he remembers he's also trained in the universe's most deadly martial art and proceeds to break his opponent's spine.
* In an early ''Literature/{{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.

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[[folder: Live Action TV ]]

* In episode 2 of ''SpartacusBloodAndSand'', Spartacus tries this on Crixus, but Crixus easily sends him flying. Doctore mocks Spartacus' blunder and explains, "Become entangled with a more powerful opponent and you are dead!"
* Can end up happening in [[PowerRangers Megazord]] fights, particularly in older series. Naturally carried over from ''SuperSentai''.

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[[folder: Professional Wrestling ]]

* This has existed in professional 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.

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[[folder: Video Games ]]

* ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXI'' has the downloadable mission pack ''A Shantotto Ascension'', where two [[AttackOfThe50FtWhatever Gigantic]] [[MirrorMatch Shantottos]] do this, among many other events.
* ''Ultimate VideoGame/MarvelVsCapcom3'': TheHulk and [[VideoGame/FinalFight Mike Haggar]] do this in the opening cinematic.
* This was a mechanic in ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTwilightPrincess'', starting with goat herding, moving on to Goron Sumo and finally being used in a boss fight.
** Also used in ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaSpiritTracks'', when [[McNinja Byrne]] charges up for a rush attack, you can position the phantom guardian[[spoiler:/Zelda]] in front of you, to cut him off, and the two of them will grapple, giving Link an opportunity to attack him from behind.
* "'''[[MadWorld Looks like it's]] [[AnnouncerChatter another power struggle]]'''!"
* According to the "Hope" trailer for ''VideoGame/StarWarsTheOldRepublic'', BrawlerLock is the part two of [[BadassNormal Jace Malcolm]]'s plan for dealing with a Sith that can deflect blaster bolts or rocket like it's nothing. For the record, part one is heavy armor. Part three is grenades.

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[[folder: Webcomics ]]

* [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0803.html This]] ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'' comic has TheHero and BaldBlackLeaderGuy Roy grappling this way with DumbMuscle EnsembleDarkHorse Thog. Roy almost wins, too.

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[[folder: Western Animation ]]

* In ''WesternAnimation/JackieChanAdventures'', Tohru and El Toro do this in El Toro's introductory episode. What with them both being wrestlers (sumo and ''lucha libre'', at least), it was probably inevitable.
* An episode of ''SupermanTheAnimatedSeries'' had Supes doing this with John Corben, aka Metallo. Supes didn't know Corben had been changed into a cyborg with his KryptoniteFactor as the power source, and he paid for it.
* Ms Marvel and the Hulk get into one of these in ''TheAvengersEarthsMightiestHeroes'' episode "Who Do You Trust?" which turns into a CrowningMomentOfAwesome for Carol when she actually ''wins''!

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