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->''"It's all in the reflexes."''
-->-- '''Jack Burton''', ''Film/BigTroubleInLittleChina''

Well, fiddlesticks. Looks like someone's being attacked with a projectile weapon. It could be Arrows, bullets, or throwing knives, and just to make things worse, the character in question is unarmed. How on Earth can they defend themselves from such a vicious onslaught? Simple, really. Stretch out that hand, grab the weapon that's being hurled, and fling it straight back to the attacker! That'll teach anybody to try and screw around with long range combat.

To understand the RealLife viability of this trope, first, look at ArrowCatch and BulletCatch. Take the probability of pulling off such a catch, multiply by itself, and that's roughly the chance of this working, at least, as far as launched weapons go. ''Thrown'' weapons can vary, depending on size, pointiness, and victim's preparation. Lobbing a ball-sized object at a lacrosse player? Justified. Flinging a shuriken at a nudist? Not as much.

This trope is the concept behind many a CounterAttack. Compare AttackReflector, which doesn't bother with the catching part, and LodgedBladeRecycling, for when said part goes awry. See also TennisBoss. GrenadeHotPotato is a subtrope.



[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* In ''Manga/AzumangaDaioh'', Sakaki intercepts [[SnowballFight a snowball]] aimed at Chiyo, and then flings it right back at Kagura (see the page pic).
* Sebastian from ''Manga/BlackButler'' does this in the freaking ''opening.'' And it's not a stylistic exaggeration for the purposes of a cool opening, either. He really is just that badass.
* In ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'',
** Nell, [[spoiler:in her adult form, as well as in her child form]], protects Ichigo by taking Nnoitra's cero by ''her mouth'' then ''[[Awesome/{{Bleach}} spits it back at him]]'' with ''[[MoreDakka her own cero strengthening it.]]'' This is also the power of [[spoiler:Ukitake]]'s shikai, [[spoiler:absorbing an attack with the left blade and firing it back (with increased speed) with the other.]]
** Ichigo later demonstrates the ability to do this [[spoiler:in his fight with the Quincy Kirpe.]]
* The sixth episode of ''Anime/BubblegumCrisis'' has Largo do this after Priss tries shooting him with her railgun.
* ''LightNovel/ACertainMagicalIndex'':
** Touma Kamijou eventually realizes that since his [[AntiMagic Imagine Breaker]] doesn't make very large or powerful attacks disappear instantly, he can catch the blast and throw it back.
** Since Accelerator controls vectors, he can catch attacks, amplify them, and throw them back. He usually does it with enemy attacks, but he can also do it with a teammate's attack to strengthen it.
* The title character of ''Manga/{{Devilman}}'' manages to catch a whole ''tree'' telekinetikally flung at him and fling it back at the flinger. But then, he is the (literally) goddamn Devilman!
* In ''Anime/DigimonFrontier'', this is Mercurymon's preferred form of attack.
* Used at the start of ''Anime/DragonBallZ'' by new arrival on Earth, [[KnightOfCerebus Raditz]]. With a [[BulletCatch bullet]]. Which he ''flicks'' back ''harder than the gun that originally fired it''.
* ''Manga/KenichiTheMightiestDisciple'' turns this trope UpToEleven in [[WarriorPoet Akisame's]] fight with Alexander Gaidar. Gaidar throws [[http://www.onemanga.com/Historys_Strongest_Disciple_Kenichi/274/11/ an enormous bundle of rebar]] at Akisame. Akisame hurls it back at Gaidar and hits a steel girder, causing the bundle to split and the rebar to rain down on Gaidar. Gaidar uses it to [[http://www.onemanga.com/Historys_Strongest_Disciple_Kenichi/274/14/ make a pretty sculpture,]] which he [[http://www.onemanga.com/Historys_Strongest_Disciple_Kenichi/274/15/ hurls at Akisame,]] who catches it, [[http://www.onemanga.com/Historys_Strongest_Disciple_Kenichi/274/16-17/ reconstructs it into his own sculpture, and hurls it back.]] On second thought, UpToEleven [[SerialEscalation isn't far enough.]]
* In ''VideoGame/FatalFury: [[TheMovie The Motion Picture]]'', the noble villain Jamin makes his introduction by calmly catching the bullet fired at him between his index and middle finger. As if to show his contempt for firearms, he then casually flicks the bullet back the person who fired it, killing the man with a headshot.
* In ''LightNovel/FateZero'', Berserker catches all of Gilgamesh's thrown swords and either throws them back or uses them to deflect other swords.
* In ''Manga/FateKaleidLinerPrismaIllya'', [[spoiler:Bazette]] [[ArrowCatch catches]] and flings Kuro's arrow back at her after the latter attempts to take her out with the Archer card.
--> [[spoiler:'''Bazette''']]: I've already seen this tactic.
* Wuji Chang, hero of the wuxia story ''Heaven Sword/Dragon Sabre'', did this a lot in the Chinese comic adaptation of the story. He was capable of casually deflecting or reflecting any attack his opponents aimed at him, up to an including unarmed attacks. During a fight against 6 martial arts schools, he deflected the attacks of two masters so that their strikes hit each other, and had so perfectly guided them that they hit pressure points and rendered each other immobile. He later one-ups himself when a martial artist attacks him, and he reflects the fighter's attacks back on himself, making the fighter hit his own pressure points and leave the attacker similarly immobile.
** A more literal example in the [[Literature/HeavenSwordAndDragonSabre novel]] it was adapted from: two of Chang's uncles were attacked with bombs. They caught (one in each hand) and used them to detonate the next wave of bombs.
* In ''Manga/FistOfTheNorthStar'', the protagonist Kenshiro does this fairly often... usually using just two fingers. The technique in question is known as ''Nishi Shinkuu Ha''. It's so typical of Kenshiro and other Hokuto practitioners to do so that the ''only'' time it didn't happen it was when Raoh (another Hokuto practitioner) got an arrow in the leg while ''on a horse, mid-air and fighting Kenshiro to the death''. He later proceeds to casually send another arrow back when he's on the ground and off his horse while ''still'' in a fight to the death. At the extreme end of the scale, Kenshiro once caught an entire battalion's worth of arrows and returned them in a single motion...killing every single man who fired on him with a precise headshot between the eyes.
* One of the defining abilities of ''Franchise/{{Kirby}}''; perhaps not coincidentally, the [[Anime/KirbyRightBackAtya localized anime]] had this trope's former title as a subtitle.
* In Volume 1 of ''LightNovel/LordMarksmanAndVanadis'', Tigre snaps his hand out in the middle of a conversation, catches an arrow fired at Teita and fires it back for an instant kill.
* In Chapter 13 of ''Manga/MagicalGirlLyricalNanohaVivid'', Vivio attempts to slip through Einhart's defense by distracting her with a volley of projectiles, [[http://www.mangafox.com/manga/mahou_shoujo_lyrical_nanoha_vivid/v02/c013/8.html a plan that backfires when Einhart catches the projectiles instead of blocking them, then throws them right back at Vivio while she was charging at Einhart.]]
* Luffy does this quite often in ''Manga/OnePiece'', usually against Marines. You would think the World Government would realize by now that bullets are ineffective against him.
** Made even cooler by the fact that pre-timeskip he could only catch them with his rubber body and fling them back randomly. Now, after two years of training, he can aim where they go with [[ImprobableAimingSkills deadly accuracy]]
** Jean Ango's method of battling is to acquire weapons off of other people until he's gathered enough, then throw them back at his enemies. He became one of the greatest bounty hunters in this way.
* Gotou from ''Manga/{{Parasyte}}'' shows that he is not a normal PuppeteerParasite when he slaughters all soldiers sent after him with their own bullets.
* Happens frequently in the ''Manga/RanmaOneHalf'' manga. One memorable instance involves a pair of eggs and a brassiere.
* In ''Anime/SonicTheHedgehogTheMovie'', Metal Robotnik fires a volley of missiles at Sonic. They fly into the distance, and then one missile flies back, with Sonic [[RidingTheBomb riding it]], steering it right into Metal Robotnik.
* In ''Stealth Symphony'', this is protagonist Jig's main ability, and for much of the series, his ''only'' ability. He has a backpack that automatically intercepts any malicious attack aimed at him, absorbs it, and returns its equivalent at double the power back at the attacker. Because it's a MorphWeapon, this even extends to non-projectile attacks, where it catches the attacker's fists, sword, or anything else and morphs into a bigger version of whatever was intended to attack Jig with. That being said, it functions exactly according to the rules: It will not react to attacks done ''without'' malicious intent (such as computer-automated weaponry), as well as attacks not targeted at Jig in which Jig happens to be in the way. While these abilities are devastating early on, Jig is soon overpowered by opponents using this LoopholeAbuse on him.
* In ''Manga/{{Toriko}}'', Sunny uses his [[PrehensileHair Touches]] to deflect or catch and return attacks. He later on learns to strengthen them as well.
* In ''Anime/{{Xabungle}}'', the Walker Gallier is used to catch and throw back an ICBM launched at the protagonists. The whole thing is highly implausible, but then again this show [[RuleOfFunny doesn't take itself seriously at all]].

[[folder:Fan Works]]
* In the climax of the ''Kung Fu Panda'' story [[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/5862877/19/Making-the-Cut Making the Cut,]] Jo snatches a throwing star as it is pelted at him and throws it back, [[spoiler:killing Master Montenegro.]]
* In [[FanFic/MassFoundations Mass Foundations Redemption in the Stars]], [[VideoGame/FalloutNewVegas The Courier]] throws a grenade at [[spoiler: the Collector-Harbinger]], only for the latter to deflect it with a biotic shockwave.
* In ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/10623866/4/Sekirei-Is-that-some-new-species-of-little-sister Sekirei? Is that some new species of little sister?]]'' Naruto's wife Xanna does this with a ''sniper round''. Justified given that she and Naruto are [[PhysicalGod functionally gods]]. Naruto, who wasn't paying attention to the sniper got hit, [[NoSell only for it to bounce off his forehead]].
* This occurs in the ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'' / ''ComicBook/PowerGirl'' fanfic ''Fanfic/OriginStory''. Marvin, Louise Fulford's pimp, shoots Alex Harris in the mouth from point blank range. Alex then spits the bullet out onto her hand (mentally commenting that the taste of cordite and gunsmoke is "the most disgusting thing she ever tasted" all the while) and gives it back to him. [[OhCrap This has the appropriate psychological effect on Marvin]].
* Though [[WesternAnimation/KungFuPanda2 Shen]] is not exactly unarmed, he does make a great example in ''Fanfic/TheVow''. A knife is thrown at his chest when he's in a crouching position, but [[JustifiedTrope having trained to be able to counter that move]] [[CrazyPrepared no matter the cost]], he strikes the knife with his Iron Claws, catches it with his feathers and immediately throws it back, [[PinnedToTheWall pinning his opponent to the ground]].
* In the [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wsapk-ck_rk Aldo Jones spoof]] of the ''Film/RogueOne'' trailer, a rebel soldier fires an anti-armor missile at an AT-AT walker, [[RuleOfFunny which swallows the missile, then spits it back]] and blows up the rebel.

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* ComicBook/{{Bamse}} has done it with cannonballs. He is superstrong, but how he can be ''fast'' enough isn't explained.
* Typhoid Mary, one of ComicBook/{{Daredevil}}'s more crazed foes, managed to deflect a bullet with a [[KatanasAreJustBetter katana]], manipulating its path of flight in order to hit the guy who shot at her. ''While singing''.
* In the ''DC vs Marvel'' crossover, Bullseye manages to catch one of Batman's batarangs and throws it right back at him. Batman astonished him by being able to duck in time.
* In the 1980s ''[[ComicBook/GIJoeARealAmericanHeroMarvel G.I. Joe]]'' comic from Marvel, Storm Shadow's Ninja sect weren't considered completely trained until they could catch a sword thrown at them and throw it back at their attacker... and they had to be blindfolded while they demonstrated the ability.
* Shang-Chi did this at least once in ''{{Master of Kung-Fu}}''. Probably on the cover.
* ''Comicbook/NewMutants'': Dani Moonstar, in an issue where she was temporarily empowered as a Valkyrie, did this with a missile fired at her from a fighter jet.
* Winter, of ''ComicBook/{{Stormwatch}}'', did this with a lot of bullets from a gatling cannon (or two), thanks to his ability to absorb energy (kinetic in this case), then re-apply it in his chosen direction.
* A superpowered witch doctor in a ''[[ComicBook/TheMightyThor Thor]]'' comic caught several volleys of machine gun rounds in his hands and threw them like bullets at the aggressors once.
* ''ComicBook/XMen'':
** Basically Bishop's mutant power -- he's able to absorb pretty much any energy directed against him, then redirect it as kinetic energy.
** Rachel Summers was shot at by a anti-mutant bigot. As she did this maneuver, she pointed out how stupid it was to think he could ambush a telepath, or that bullets would work against a telekinetic. [[spoiler:Fortunately for the bigot, Magneto (who was reformed at the time) "caught" the bullet with his own powers.]]

[[folder:Comic Strips]]
* ''ComicStrip/CalvinAndHobbes'':
** Calvin tries to surprise Susie by throwing a snowball at her in springtime (he kept it in the freezer since last winter). He misses and the snowball harmlessly breaks apart on the sidewalk. As he curses his luck, Susie scoops up the snow, shapes it back into a snowball, and hits him with it. Calvin responds, "The irony of this is just sickening."
** He tries to chuck a pine cone at her in another strip, only for it to be returned at bullet-like speed. Cut to Susie, coming home in full kit from a lacrosse game.
* ''ComicStrip/ModestyBlaise'': In "Guido the Jinx", Willie manages to catch a grenade that is thrown at him by a group of mercenaries and toss it back before it explodes.
* ''ComicStrip/{{Garfield}}'' [[https://garfield.com/comic/1978/10/01 once did this]] to a man throwing a flowerpot at him.

[[folder:Films -- Animation]]
* Ronin does one of these in ''WesternAnimation/{{Epic}}''. Can be seen at about 1:38 in the second trailer.
* In ''WesternAnimation/KungFuPanda2'', [[spoiler: Po uses this to destroy [[BigBad Lord Shen]]'s cannon ships by catching their cannonballs and throwing them back at them.]]
* ''Anime/PrincessMononoke'': Ashitaka pulls this off but he loads the arrow into his bow rather than throwing it. It's justified in that his arm was cursed with a demon (giving him super strength and reflexes).
* In the animated movie ''WesternAnimation/TheSwanPrincess'', Prince Derek plays a training game called Catch-And-Fire, where he catches an arrow fired at him and shoots the same (or a different) target all in one motion. Naturally, [[ChekhovsSkill he has to use it for real in the Climax]].

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* Happens at the climax of ''Film/BigTroubleInLittleChina''. Jack Burton throws his trusty boot knife at BigBad Lo Pan and misses by a huge margin. Lo Pan picks it up and throws it back -- but Jack, in his single most competent moment in the entire film, catches the knife midair before putting it right between Lo Pan's eyes, killing him. "[[BondOneLiner It's all in the reflexes]]."
** This is a MeaningfulEcho, as we saw Jack demonstrating exactly those reflexes [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9DTeZDtpQKo right at the beginning of the movie.]]
* ''Film/CasinoRoyale2006''. During LeParkour scene in the beginning, the bomber [[ThrowAwayGuns throws his empty gun]] at Bond, who catches it and throws it back to hit him with it.
* In ''Film/CrouchingTigerHiddenDragon'', Jade Fox pulls this on one of the fighters trying to kill her. Good thing it was only with a paralyzing dart.
* ''Film/XMenFilmSeries'':
** ''Film/XMenFirstClass'':
*** Magneto catches and then reverses a barrage of missiles.
*** Sebastian Shaw's ability to absorb and release energy is also a form of this.
** ''Film/Deadpool2016'': During their climactic fight, Deadpool catches one of Ajax's axes and tosses it back at him.
** ''Film/XMenApocalypse'': Storm generates strong winds to launch a car towards the X-Men. Beast is able to slow it down slightly, twirls the car around with its remaining momentum, and then hurls it back towards her with his SuperStrength. [[spoiler:Storm would've been crushed to death if Psylocke didn't arrive in the nick of time to cut the car in half.]]
* Eric Draven does this to Tin Tin, the first target of his RoaringRampageOfRevenge, in ''Film/TheCrow'' after dodging his first two knives. Then he closes in for the kill with this memorable line: "Victims... aren't we all?"
* In the ''Film/{{Daredevil}}'' movie, Bullseye throws back the sai Elektra threw at him, impaling her hand with it. It's implied Elektra was in fact attempting her own CatchAndReturn, as she steps up to it quite deliberately.
* In ''Film/District9'', [[spoiler:the prawn mech pulls this off in the Nigerian gangster's hut by catching several clips worth of bullets with its [[VideoGame/HalfLife2 Gravity Gun]]]].
* ''Film/GreenLantern'': Green Lantern does this to a blast from Krona by creating a catapult with his ring to catch it and throw it back into Krona's face.
* ''Film/KillBill'': The Bride does this with a hatchet against one of the Crazy 88 at one point during the big showdown at the House of Blue Leaves.
* In ''Film/TheMask'', the BigBad is riddled full of bullet holes. Of course, he has The Mask on at the time... and he just gathers them all into his mouth and spits them back out at the attackers. Like a gun.
* ''Film/{{Matilda}}'' does this with a carrot and telekinesis.
* Rick O'Connell pulls this trope with a knife in ''Film/TheMummyReturns''.
** He also does it with a ''snake'' of all things in the same film.
*** In the same scene, even. Some villains just don't learn.
* The knife-throwing twins in ''Film/{{Octopussy}}'' have this as part of their circus act. Naturally it is later utilized in their fight against Film/JamesBond.
* The film ''Film/ShanghaiNoon''. Unexpected, because it's done by a random Indian warrior ''to'' Chon Wang, the Chinese martial artist.
* How Team Shaolin wins in ''Film/ShaolinSoccer''. The previous goalies used their martial arts to stop the soccer ball, which would also take them out of commission. Their last second replacement used Tai Chi to CatchAndReturn the ball and score the winning goal at the same time.
* In ''Film/TheSubstitute'', the undercover mercenary teacher Jon Shale gets a soda can thrown at the back of his head by one of the rowdy students. He turns around, catches it in time, and throws it straight in the guy's face. He declares that he had to grow eyes in the back of his head during his time in Vietnam.
* Spoofed in ''Film/{{UHF}}'' during the Rambo parody, where Weird Al (as George Newman playing the part of Rambo for this particular daydream) catches a single bullet fired at him (and somehow it's a complete unfired cartridge between his teeth!), chews it up, and spits it back out at his assailant like machine gun fire. The attacker promptly explodes in a gooey fireball.
* In the initial fight of the movie version of ''Film/{{Watchmen}}'', the Comedian throws two knives at his assailant. The assailant catches the second knife, a meat cleaver. Rather than return it though, he throws it into the floor, possibly for the same reason he [[DoesntLikeGuns didn't use a gun]] or knife to kill the Comedian in the first place. Also something of a ChekhovsGun, showing the assailant's skill and ability to catch things.
* ''Film/SnowWhiteAndTheHuntsman''. On hearing that Snow White is in TheLostWoods, Prince William decides that the quickest way to find her is to hook up with [[TheDragon Finn]]'s men who are also searching for her, by posing as a mercenary. As Finn rides through a village, he's annoyed to find a bow-holding William InTheHood, blocking his path.
-->'''William:''' Do you need a bowman?\\
'''Finn:''' I have a bowman. ''[to his bowman]'' Kill him.\\
''[the bowman fires at William, who does an ArrowCatch, then fires it back along with one of his own into Finn's bowman]''\\
'''William:''' I said, [[IronicEcho do you need a bowman?]]
* In ''Film/CaptainAmericaTheWinterSoldier'', the titular Winter Soldier catches Cap's thrown shield and returns it with enough force to send him reeling.

* In the Creator/HarryTurtledove novel ''Blood and Iron'', General Custer (having survived into the 1920s) does this with a homebrew bomb, killing the man who was trying to kill him.
* In ''[[Literature/TheLeatherstockingTales The Deerslayer]]'', the eponymous character catches and throws back a tomahawk, splitting the thrower's head open. This is presented as a reaction based on pure instinct -- he hadn't intended to kill the man. Nonetheless, he uses the ensuing chaos to steal a canoe and escape.
* The eponymous protagonist of Mickey Zucker Reichert's ''The Legend of Nightfall'' mentions early in the novel that he and a friend used to do this for fun, playing catch with throwing knives. Unsurprisingly, [[ChekhovsSkill the skill comes in handy by the end of the book]].
* In Frans Bengtsson's ''Literature/TheLongShips'', a Viking crew member catches and returns a spear thrown from an approaching enemy ship, hitting the thrower and freaking BOTH crews out. When his amazed crewmates quiz him afterwards, he explains that it's just something he can do, and he doesn't tell people about it because one of his relatives was badly injured trying to duplicate the stunt. Given the (relatively slow) speed of a thrown spear and the returner's difficulty disclaimer, this is pretty realistic.
* Jiang Wei pulls this off in ''Literature/RomanceOfTheThreeKingdoms''. To be fair, he doesn't throw the arrow back, but his quiver had been spilled and catching an enemy arrow was the only way for him to use his bow.
* Kellhus of ''Literature/SecondApocalypse'' does this when someone throws a ''spear'' at him. As you might expect, the attacker dies with a look of complete surprise on his face.
* In the ''Literature/SagaOfHrolfKraki'', the retainers in King Hrolf's hall provoke the newcomer Bodvar Bjarki by throwing bones at him. After ignoring it for some time, he catches a particularly large bone and throws it back with such force that it kills the man who hurled it.
* ''Literature/JourneyToChaos'': Getis Darwoss demonstrates his greater skill at combat magic than most academic mages by catching Eric's [[HandBlast mana bolt]] and throwing it back at him in one motion.

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* ''Series/{{Angel}}'':
** In the Season 4 premiere, Connor is quite proud of a "cool" move where he catches and returns a vampire's axe.
** As part of TheWorfBarrage when the Fang Gang battle the Beast, Gunn throws his [[IronicItem axe made from a hubcap]]. The Beast catches it, [[WreckedWeapon crushes the axe then throws it back at him]].
* In one episode of the series ''Series/{{Masquerade}}'', Operation Masquerade recruits a baseball player to help them on the mission. He ends up [[IKnowMaddenKombat using his baseball skills]] to take on a {{Ninja}}, including catching a shuriken in his mitt and hurling it back.
* ''Series/MightyMorphinPowerRangers'':
** One of the things Tommy does in his first battle with the Rangers as the Green Ranger is catching a Blade Blaster thrown at him and throwing it back, hitting Trini in the chest.
** The Dragonzord Fighting Mode winds up on the receiving end of this each time it tries throwing Dragonzord's head crest as a weapon.
** One of Lord Zedd's monster likes to throw bombs... which the Ranger tosses right back at him.
* Much later, in ''Series/PowerRangersLightspeedRescue'', the Lightspeed Solarzord can absorb attacks aimed at it and use it to fuel its' AlphaStrike (where it blasts the crap out of a target using its' multitude of cannons and blasters)- as [[TheDragon Diabolico]] found out [[ThisCannotBe to his shock]].
** Also happens in ''Series/PowerRangersRPM'', in Gem and Gemma's debut battle.
* Played for laughs with a snowball in ''Series/RedDwarf'', episode "Timeslides".
* Khalek does this with his telekinesis in an episode of ''Series/StargateSG1'', when a squad is shooting at him on full auto. Slightly subverted in that the bullets normally simply bounce off his telekinetic "shield" in random directions. However, he just walks close enough to them to have the bullets hit the shooters.[[note]]Interestingly, Khalek is played by the same actor (Neil Jackson) who would later play a telekinetic in ''{{Film/Push}}'' with the same ability to create telekinetic shields.[[/note]]
* ''Series/{{Heroes}}'': Sylar once does this with about half-a-dozen bullets at once. [[MindOverMatter The telekinesis helps]].
%%* At least once in ''Series/WalkerTexasRanger''.
* Sara Pezzini from the live action adaptation of ''Series/{{Witchblade}}'' once caught a crossbow bolt and threw it back at the shooter with enough force to kill. Justified, since the Witchblade itself is a supernatural weapon that grants the wielder superhuman strength and agility and the ability to manipulate time.
* Series/WonderWoman does this in one episode with a ''Bazooka Shell''!
* ''Series/TheFlash2014'':
** Barry does this when training his speed to be able to fight [[spoiler:the Reverse-Flash]]. Cisco's drone is chasing him with machineguns and missiles. One missile narrowly misses Barry. When the second one is launched, Barry runs towards it, jumps, catches it in mid-air, and swings it back to fly straight at the drone. Cisco is both miffed and impressed, then reveals that he has two more drones... with lasers. Cue Dr. Wells spoiling his fun with "No lasers!"
** In Season 2, [[BigBad Zoom]] pulls this off on a ''[[UpToEleven lightning bolt thrown by Barry]]''.
** They also did it in ''Series/TheFlash1990''. In one episode, a scientist cloned The Flash. When someone tried to shoot it, the clone caught the bullet and threw it back at the shooter, killing him. In another, Barry caught several bullets fired at him from a car speeding toward him, and then threw them back, blowing out the car's tires.

[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* In ''TabletopGame/{{Champions}}'', this is called "Missile Reflection" and is bought as an advanced form of "Missile Deflection".
* In ''TabletopGame/PsionicsTheNextStageInHumanEvolution'' telekinetics can use their powers to grab projectiles and throw them back at people. Depending on how strong they are, this can be used on something as small as a kitchen knife or as large as a school bus.
* One of the special abilities martial artists can buy in ''TabletopGame/{{Deadlands}} Classic'', "Seize the Pearl o' Death", allows them to catch a thrown projectile and throw it back. But it doesn't stop there: if the (soon-to-be-ex) [[MartialArtsMovie martial]] artist has big enough britches, she can try it with [[ArrowCatch arrows]], [[BulletCatch bullets]], or [[DeathOrGloryAttack cannonballs]]. If it succeeds, the martial artist can throw the projectile back with the same velocity it had when it was launched. If it fails, the character takes damage to both the hand ''and'' the body part that would've been hit anyway.
* ''TabletopGame/TheDresdenFiles'' RPG doesn't have a ''specific'' ability for this, but you can combine the Juggler stunt, which lets you catch weapons thrown at you, with Riposte, which lets you counter attack. [[LiteraryAgentHypothesis Dresden himself]] notes in the margins, "Juggler + Riposte = [[Film/BigTroubleInLittleChina It's all in the reflexes!]]"
* ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'':
** In 3.5, the psionic feat Return Shot does this; being at the end of a chain of psionic feats, a psychic warrior is the most likely to have it.
** Any character can gain the feats to do this, so long as they meet the prerequisites. Monks get these feats as bonuses. With Epic feats they can backhand spells into the caster's face.
** Monks also get this as a class ability in 5E; they can use Ki to reduce the damage of incoming ranged weapon attacks, and can chuck them back if they reduce the damage to 0.
** Giants usually have Rock Catching (Ex) and Rock Throwing (Ex). The combination should be self-evident.
** Spellthieves can do this, appropriately enough, when targeted with spells.
** The 2E ''TabletopGame/ForgottenRealms Adventures'' also has the spell Missile Mastery, which allow a wizard to take control of a single missile by round for 4 rounds, and send it back at the thrower.
** Dragon magazine #60 article on the Jester {{NPC}}. Jesters can catch a weapon thrown at them and throw it back at the attacker.
** Then there is the magical item "Gloves of Missile Snaring". [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin It should be evident what they allow the wearer to do...]]
* The "Laughter of the Monkey" fu power from the ''TabletopGame/FengShui'' supplement "Blood of the Valiant" essentially allows you to do this.
* ''TabletopGame/MagicTheGathering'' lets you do this with Guile, whose ability lets you exile a spell you've countered (the catch) and then cast it for free (the return). [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Discussion.aspx?multiverseid=290288 There are a]] [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=121243 plethora of spells]] [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=5209 that do this]] as well. The effect is typically Blue, but Red gets [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=205038 a similar effect]] that ignores the "catch" and instead "returns" a separate copy of the spell (barring the example of [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=376588 Wild Ricochet]] which does both).
* In ''TabletopGame/Warhammer40000'', Aetaos'rau'keres, the [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast "Slayer of Souls"]], a greater daemon of Tzeentch, has among a slew of abilities, a good chance of bouncing psychic powers used on him back at the enemy that cast it.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* One of the more entertaining mechanics from the ''Anime/AfroSamurai'' game is his ability to snatch bullets out of the air with his sword while in Focus mode, and then launch them back at the gunner.
* In ''VideoGame/AliceMadnessReturns'', the Menacing Ruin can [[BulletCatch collect your Pepper Grinder shots]] and fling them back at you.
* In ''VideoGame/AnarchyReigns'', any character is capable of grabbing a rocket fired at them by a helicopter drone or otherwise and throwing it as an explosive projectile at the attacker or at anything in general. Including nearby enemies. Unlike above examples though, the timing is much more forgiving.
* ''VideoGame/{{Bayonetta}}'':
** You can send back fireballs and other projectiles by parrying them with Moon of Mahaa-Kalaa accessory.
** The FinalBoss, [[spoiler:Father Balder]], is shown in BulletTime casually plucking bullets fired at him out of the air, pointing them at the shooter, and returning them at the same speed with a lazy poke.
* Telekinesis in ''VideoGame/BioShock'' can be used like this — grab the projectile mid-air and hurl it back. [[http://bioshock.wikia.com/wiki/Testing_Telekinesis An audio diary]] states that [[BulletCatch catching bullets]] would be possible too, [[RequiredSecondaryPowers if not for the user's slow reaction time.]]
* In ''VideoGame/BioShock2'''s online mode, one of the ways telekinesis can be used is to grab grenades shot by a launcher to fire them back at the original shooter. This is also one of the reasons not to use the homing missile upgrade for the said weapon, because the item moves slower, making this much easier to catch.
* ''VideoGame/BioShockInfinite'''s "Return to Sender" vigor causes the user's hands to be covered by magnetic iron that generates a small shield in front of the hand. The shield pulls in bullets an create a large ball of molten metal that can be launched at enemies and explode. The shield can also be deployed onto the ground and pull in bullets towards it.
* The player's Creature can be taught to do this in ''VideoGame/BlackAndWhite'' with boulders or other projectiles thrown by rival gods with the intent of trashing your village.
* ''VideoGame/DeadSpace2'': Puker 'projectiles' can be caught and thrown back with your Kinesis, instantly killing their owner.
* You can do this via telekinesis and time stop in ''VideoGame/DestroyAllHumans 3''. With ''tank missiles''.
* In the battle with Credo in ''Franchise/DevilMayCry 4'', the spears that the boss throws can be caught with the Devil Bringer and then thrown right back at him.
** Vergil in [=DMC3=] shows the ability to block bullets by [[SpinToDeflectStuff spinning Yamato really quickly]]. In a cutscene, he lays the bullets down on the ground before knocking them right back.
--->'''[[WebAnimation/DeathBattle Boomstick]]''': Sure, Vergil could [[StatingTheSimpleSolution easily avoid Dante's bullets]], [[RuleOfCool but why dodge them]] when you can spin your sword, line 'em all up and fire 'em back? ''Like a boss''.
* Theoretically possible in ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim Skyrim]]'', as arrows in flight can be interacted with and ''picked up'', but to do so would require inhuman reflexes.
** Or you can use the [[TimeMaster slow time]] [[MakeMeWannaShout shout]]. Also both you and your enemies are capable of using arrows that have actually struck (some of the time).
* In the ''Franchise/{{Fable}}'' games it's possible, if very difficult, to hit the [[AllTrollsAreDifferent trolls]]' thrown boulders back at them, baseball-style.
* In ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyTacticsAdvance'', the "Return Fire" reaction ability allows units to catch and throw arrows back at the shooter. On top of that, they can return fire to a place that ''they could not hit conventionally''.
* In the [=PS2=]/Xbox game ''Videogame/GodzillaSaveTheEarth'', a skilled player can catch a building thrown by an opponent, and chuck it right back (though, the opponent can catch it, too, resulting in a game of catch until someone messes up).
** In the sequel, ''Videogame/GodzillaUnleashed'', while you are unable to catch and return a building, you can deflect the building off of you, negating the damage of the building, and (if you're lucky) have the building land right back on your opponent.
* An extremely satisfying method of disposing of Hunters in ''VideoGame/HalfLife2: Episode Two'' involves picking a bulky object up with your Gravity Gun, using it as a shield against Hunter's antimatter flechettes, then smashing the Hunter hard with the object ''and'' flechettes lodged in it, causing annihilation. You even get an achievement for doing this.
* ''Franchise/{{Halo}}'':
** You can deflect missiles with a gravity hammer -- ''if'' you're extremely skilled or lucky.
** In ''VideoGame/{{Halo 2}}'', Master Chief does this with the Covenant bomb that was going to blow up the ''Cairo,'' using it to [[HoistByHisOwnPetard blow up a Covenant capital ship]] instead. Additionally, he [[RidingTheBomb rides with the bomb]] in zero-G to make sure it returns to sender.
** The Promethean Watchers, introduced in ''VideoGame/{{Halo 4}}'', can catch your grenades and send them back.
* In ''VideoGame/TheIncredibleHulkUltimateDestruction'', the Hulk can deal with an oncoming missile using two techniques: punching it back at the sender, or catching it to be thrown later, perhaps back at the sender. Both of these techniques are unlocked late, however, and non-trivial to execute. Also, [[RuleOfCool he's the Hulk]].
* In the ''Iron Man'' video game, if you're flying, and a helicopter decides to send a missile your way, you can catch it and spin around, sending it back at them. Granted, it's extremely difficult, but awesome!
* In ''VideoGame/KingdomHearts'', Riku will attempt to do this in the second mandatory fight with him if you use Blizzard or Fire on him, catching either move in his free hand, then sending it back as a burst of dark energy. However, you can just reflect the returned projectile back at him by guarding, which ''will'' hit him.
* In ''VideoGame/TheMatrixPathOfNeo'', Neo (after becoming [[TheChosenOne the One]]) is able to stop bullets in mid-air, just like in the movies. However, later, this ability is upgraded into being able to throw the bullets back.
* A main gameplay mechanic in ''VideoGame/MischiefMakers'', where [[RobotGirl Marina]] usually beats enemies/bosses by throwing their missiles and junk right back at them. Sometimes with an added "Shake Shake".
* In ''Momentum Missile'' base-defence flash games the player kills enemy’s units by catching and re-sending shells fired in their direction with a gravity warper.
* In ''VideoGame/NinjaSenki'', the last two levels feature Kung Fu Master enemies that can catch and throw your shurikens right back at you. The only way to defeat them is to shoot them in the back.
* In ''VideoGame/OriAndTheBlindForest'', one of the skills allows catching an enemy projectile (or an enemy, for that matter), then launching off of it, while whatever was caught gets thrown in the opposite direction. Often, the player has to use this to climb higher places, or to destroy otherwise indestructible terrain or enemies without recoiling poor Ori into a pit.
* The Jester Zombie from ''VideoGame/PlantsVsZombies 2'' will [[AttackReflector reflect any projectiles]] via this method and [[EverythingsBetterWithSpinning spinning]], be they straight or lobbed, and throw them back at your plants to damage them. You must use AreaOfEffect plants in order to hurt them.
* ''VideoGame/{{Prototype}}'' allows you to catch whatever object an enemy picks and throws at you, though it requires considerable skill and good timing.
* In ''VideoGame/ResidentEvil4'', Leon interrupts TheDragon's monologue by throwing his knife, and nailing his hand to a pillar. TheDragon's bodyguard then takes the knife and throws it back at Leon, meaning he has to PressXToNotDie.
* ''VideoGame/SamuraiGunn'', similar to the ''Anime/AfroSamurai'' example, has a mechanic where any [[PainfullySlowProjectile Painfully Slow Projectiles]] fired by other players can be deflected back with a well-timed sword slash. This can happen multiple times depending on how well the timing is, and this "bullet tennis" instantly becomes hilarious.
* The Glove and Super Glove items in ''[[VideoGame/SegaSuperstars Sonic & SEGA All-Stars Racing Transformed]]'' will neutralize any item attack while active. If your item slot is empty, it'll add that item to it. There is a sticker (for 100% completion and decorating your game save file) you earn for catching an item with the Glove and successfully sending it back at the attacker.
* In ''Franchise/StarWars: VideoGame/TheForceUnleashed 2'' several enemy vehicles can only be damaged by catching their projectiles with the Force and returning them back.
** In the first game, Starkiller can catch Palpatine's Force Lightning with his lightsaber and send it back.
* In ''[[Franchise/StreetFighter Street Fighter V]]'', M. Bison (Dictator) can do this with enemy projectiles as his V-Skill.
* This is how both Giga Lakitu and Megahammer are defeated in ''Videogame/SuperMarioGalaxy2''.
** This is the Baseball Boys' schtick in ''VideoGame/YoshisIsland''. The ones with the mitts will literally catch Yoshi's eggs and toss them back after a short delay, whereas the ones with the bats will just deflect them immediately by hitting those eggs.
** Mario could do this to Donkey Kong's Barrels in ''Videogame/DonkeyKong94''.
*** ''Videogame/DonkeyKongJungleBeat'' give Donkey Kong several opportunities to do this with coconuts and pineapples. In the case of the hog bosses, ''electrified'' coconuts!
** In ''VideoGame/SuperSmashBros Melee'', it's possible, with proper timing, to catch a thrown item just before you are hit, which makes it possible to use this trope. You might not even realize you did it if things got particularly hectic until you see "Item Catcher" and "Reciprocator" among the achievements in the match. This trick is made even easier to do in Brawl, which annoys human opponents to no end.
*** One of [[VideoGame/AnimalCrossing Villager]]'s abilities in ''Smash 4'' is to catch an enemy's projectile weapon (including thrown items, explosives, and even ''lasers and lightning''), store it in his inventory and then fire it back later — [[https://youtu.be/Ov3bzwDLg3g even attacks that aren't strictly]] ''projectiles'', like [[Franchise/{{Pokemon}} Charizard]]'s flame.
* There are two ways of defeating enemies in ''VideoGame/{{Solatorobo}}'': You can grab them bodily and hurl them at enemies/the ground, or wait for them to shoot a PainfullySlowProjectile and sling it right back at them.
* The infamous Golden Torizo in ''VideoGame/SuperMetroid'' can catch your Super Missiles (!!) and throw them right back at you.
* The [[FragileSpeedster Scout]] from ''VideoGame/TeamFortress2'' at one point was going to be given a baseball glove as an unlockable weapon to literally catch projectiles and throw them back at the enemy. This idea was soon dismissed after only a brief period of consideration, but the idea of an AttackReflector was later given to the [[PyroManiac Pyro]] in the form of the airblast.
* In ''VideoGame/{{Xenogears}}'', [[SuperpoweredEvilSide Id]] catches a ''battleship'' and tosses it back.
--> "Dropping a battleship on me is cheating. [[Awesome/{{Xenogears}} Take it back.]]"
* ''VideoGame/RoboRecall'' (and its TechDemoGame predecessor, ''Bullet Train'') have the BulletCatch version in full effect, as enemy bullets enter BulletTime when near you. This makes it easy to pick one up and throw it right back for a "Return to Sender" bonus, or deflect it back with one of your held guns for a "Ping-Pong" bonus.

[[folder:Web Animation]]
* From ''Machinima/RedVsBlue'' Season 12, Tucker starts a training exercise based around catching [[HiredGuns Felix]], reasoning that if his ragtag group of soldiers can defeat Felix they'll have no problem breaking Sarge, Donut, and Washington out of the enemy base. Among their many failures is Tucker tossing a grenade at Felix, who calmly catches it and counts to four before sending it right back to a fleeing Tucker.

[[folder:Web Comics]]
* Jack in ''Webcomic/TheFancyAdventuresOfJackCannon'' does this with about a dozen knives at once.
-->'''Jack:''' FINALLY!! [[PunctuatedPounding DO YOU HAVE. ANY. IDEA.]] how long I've been waiting for someone to throw a knife at me?
* Cale manages to pull this off in ''Webcomic/LookingForGroup''. It was a definite sign that he TookALevelInBadass.
* Partially subverted in ''Webcomic/SchlockMercenary'' when an enemy throws a knife at the unarmed Captain Tagon, who 'catches' it with his eye. This doesn't stop him from taking the knife and using it to kill his opponent horribly.
* In ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}'', Dirk's combat training robot catches a bunch of bullets shot at it by Jake... and then proceeds to [[FunnyMoments throw them in Jake's case like a bunch of pebbles.]]
* ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'': [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots1073.html Roy Greenhilt throws a boulder]] at a female frost giant. As she points out, this is a bad idea since catching boulders is a main ability of ''D&D'' giants. She then tosses it back at the fighter, flattening him.

[[folder:Web Original]]
* ''Roleplay/DestroyTheGodmodder'' has an annoying amount of this. There have been many times where the godmodder would catch things like explosions, lasers, even a space ship, and then throw it at the person who launched it at him.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'':
** [[PlayingWithFire Firebending]] has a technique subset concerning [[ShockAndAwe lightning]]. [[CoolOldGuy Uncle Iroh]] developed "Lightning Redirection", enabling a firebender to turn an attacker's lightning against them should the redirector so choose. In one of the most [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome epic]] scenes has [[spoiler:Zuko catching a double-strength lightning bolt and aiming it back at his father, Firelord Ozai, who just tried to kill him with it.]]
** Toph's introductory episode has her utilizing this technique. Because her style of Earthbending requires listening and sensing the vibrations caused by movement before acting, she is able to sense the exact moment when an underground attacker springs up from the ground to throw a moderately sized rock at her from his position. She promptly catches it and throws it back, with the force of the throw being so strong that said attacker ends up being propelled from the floor of the ring.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheAvengersEarthsMightiestHeroes'': In a fight between [[MirrorMatch The Avengers and Skrulls shapeshifted to look like The Avengers]], Hawkeye shows that true skill can't be imitated when he snatches his duplicate's arrow out of the air and throws it back at him, taking out both his own fake and Wasp's too as a bonus.
-->'''Skrull Hawkeye:''' Nobody is that good!\\
'''Hawkeye:''' [[PreMortemOneLiner Guess what? I am.]] ''{[[SugarWiki/MomentsOfAwesome punches him out]]]''
* ''WesternAnimation/BeastWars'': In "The Spark", Black Arachnia has completely floored Cheetor and loads her gun with a poisonous barb. She shoots it point blank at his face, [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome only for him to catch and throw it back into her face]].
* In one ''WesternAnimation/BugsBunny'' cartoon, Elmer throws a lit stick of dynamite. KarmicTrickster Bugs immediately puts on a catcher's uniform and pitches it back to him. And bamboozles him into playing along [[CrowningMomentOfFunny as the pitcher.]]
* In ''WesternAnimation/{{Centurions}}'', Rex Charger's Gatling Guard assault weapon system uses a high-tech version of this trope. Its equipment includes a EnergyAbsorption/Retrieval Laser that can take energy from any source (usually an attacker), store it, then use it to power the system's weapons (which are often fired back at the original attacker). His smaller assault weapon system, Electro Charger, includes a similar weapon.
* ''WesternAnimation/GIJoeRenegades'':
** Snake-Eyes does this with a firebomb tossed by Firefly.
** While an earlier episode featured a mech-suit equipped [[spoiler: Roadblock]] doing it with a missile fired by Scrap-Iron. Cue ''epic'' OhCrap moment from the weapons designer.
* ''Franchise/LiloAndStitch'' franchise: The bulletproof and fireproof Stitch does this with plasma bullets in [[Disney/LiloAndStitch the original film]], ''WesternAnimation/LiloAndStitchTheSeries'' pilot ''WesternAnimation/StitchTheMovie'', and Chinese spin-off series ''Animation/StitchAndAi''.
* There was a ''WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes'' short where one of the characters catch a handful of bullets, munches them up and spits out an artillery shell.
* Taken to the point of absurdity in ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons''' ShowWithinAShow ''Police Cops'', where Officer [[NamesTheSame Homer Simpson]] does this with a bullet, much to the delight of the real Homer.
* The battlesuit introduced in the movie ''So the Drama'' allows ''WesternAnimation/KimPossible'' to do this with energy attacks. She doesn't seem to hit anyone with them anymore than they hit her, but it provides a nice variation to her only ever dodging energy attacks.
* In ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitans'', a minor character deflects a shuriken using his sword. Okay, he isn't "Unarmed", but still. That's actually plausible, there is a Japanese sword technique whose name translates as "arrow cutting", and it's ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin.
* In ''WesternAnimation/TransformersAnimated'', during [[spoiler:[[TheStarscream Starscream]]'s]] DeathMontage, he tries throwing a bomb at Megatron only for Megatron to catch it -- and promptly toss it right back near the former's feet. ''Boom.''
* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'': In "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS7E25ShadowPlayPart1 Shadow Play – Part 1]]", Garble tries to throw a rock at Spike, but Rainbow Dash intercepts it at high speed and tosses it back at the dragon, pinning his tail and sending him sprawling.

[[folder:Real Life]]
* Dodgeball, naturally. In some versions of the game, the "return" part isn't even necessary, as catching the ball qualifies as an instant "out" to the opponent that threw it.
* The [[UsefulNotes/TheRomanEmpire Roman army]] designed their thrown javelins to break after one use, so as to avoid this trope happening to them. It also left the metal points of the javelins bent and embedded in the flesh of anyone they hit, inflicting worse injuries. Or hopelessly embedded in their shields, which was almost as good since it made actually ''using'' the shield nigh-impossible. And shields were absolutely essential to the combat tactics of that era. Once the battle was over, the bent javelins were retrieved, and blacksmiths would straighten them out (the relatively soft iron used to make them bend in the first place made this a fairly easy thing to do). The heads of javelins were originally fitted with metal rivets, so while they would break on impact with armor or a shield, they would remain intact upon contact with flesh or soft ground, enabling armies of unarmored opponents in a desert region (such as Jugurtha's men) to throw them back. Marius corrected this problem by ordering spearheads to be fixed with wooden rivets, so that even impact with flesh or soft ground would break the spearhead off.
* One of modern-day super-archer [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BEG-ly9tQGk Lars Andersen's]] many, ''many'' [[ImprobableAimingSkills feats of bowmanship]] is catching an arrow fired at him and shooting it back, proving that the trope is physically possible (though still insanely difficult and pretty much impossible in actual combat).
* A ''very'' common joke told by soldiers: "What do you do if [insert enemy soldier here] throws a grenade at you? Catch it, [[NotWithTheSafetyOnYouWont pull the pin]], and throw it back." An old (and certainly not recommended or taught) trick with older style grenades was pulling the pin and releasing the spoon, letting it "cook" for a second, and then throwing it, based on the theory that there'd be less time for the enemy to try and throw it back. Nice theory, not so much in practice.