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Hand Blasts are a StockSuperpower where the character shoots blasts of energy out of their hands, [[PowerPalms palms]], wrists, fingertips or fists. "Energy" in this case is a broad term, and can encompass nearly anything: a heat ray, laser bolts, concussive force, whatever. The subject simply points his hand (or finger) at a target, and a Bright Ray O' Doom shines forth. Sometimes requires activating with the other hand.

Differs from KiAttacks and KamehameHadoken in that the Hand Blasts are not tied in to the subject's LifeEnergy or {{Mana}}; the energy source is often an external power source or some other form of AppliedPhlebotinum. Many instances of this trope imply that anyone can fire the blasts if they simply had the right equipment or circumstance.

May overlap with ArmCannon if the entire arm/hand is weaponized.

Subtrope of EnergyWeapon. See also BreathWeapon, FullContactMagic, and EyeBeams.

If this is specifically through the palms, see also PowerPalms.

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!!Examples:

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[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* Androids 16, 17, and 18 from ''{{Dragonball}}'' had this.
* Amigiri of ''DarkerThanBlack'' has the power to shoot concussive force from his hands.
* [[spoiler:The clones of the lead girls]] in ''KiddyGrade'' have this as their main attack.
* ''Anime/MazingerZ'': In one of the first episodes, Mazinger-Z shot missiles from its fingertips. This weapon was quickly ignored [[RocketPunch for obvious reasons]].
** ''Anime/GreatMazinger'': Great Mazinger's Thunder Break. The HumongousMecha gathered lightning bolts from the atmosphere and blasted its enemy with it. Tetsuya came up with a bunch of variations: Great Mazinger shot a continued stream of electricity from its forefingers, launched lightning bolts from its open palms -or fingertips-, powered up its sword with it...
** ''Anime/UFORoboGrendizer'': Grendizer's backhands shot energy beams.
* As mentioned iin the Mazinger Z example above, {{Gunbuster}} also shoots missiles from its fingertips... '' '''[[UpToEleven NUCLEAR ONES]]''' ''!
* Pretty Cure Passionato Harmony of ''SuitePrettyCure'' does this.
* [[Anime/SailorMoon Sailor Venus]]' Crescent Beam emanates from her fingertip.
* In OnePiece, [[HollywoodCyborg Franky]] and [[YouAreNumberSix The Pacifistas]] can do this with [[FrickinLaserBeams laser beams]]. The beams themselves are rather thin but cause huge explosions, as opposed to the traditional "Huge energy wave". Interestingly, Kizaru- the marine admiral whose [[LightEmUp light]] powers their lasers were based on- never actually uses his powers in this manner; he prefers to extend his leg as if to kick and then releases the beam from his leg.
** Subverted with [[InvisibleMan Absalom]]. [[spoiler: They're really just {{BFG}}s strapped to his arms and made invisible using his powers to invoke the image of this trope.]]
* The Zeong from ''Anime/MobileSuitGundam'' has particle beam cannons in its fingertips. Bonus points in that the forearms can detach, becoming {{Attack Drone}}s.
** Also, ''Anime/MobileSuitZetaGundam'''s Psyco Gundam, (Mk 1 & 2) feature fingertip-mounted particle beam cannons.
* ''{{Digimon}}'' has Angemon, with his Hand of Fate attack.
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[[folder:Comic Books]]
* IronMan's signature attack are his palm-based repulsor beams.
** On the evil side in the MarvelUniverse, DoctorDoom.
** Comicbook/WarMachine not only has his palm-based repulsor beams, but also guns on the wrists of his armor. Of course Iron Man created the armor for him.
* QuantumAndWoody each have a metal wristband that allows them to shoot energy blasts based on the quantum energy that they've been transformed into. Quantum fires a heat beam while Woody fires beams of force.
* [[ComicBook/XMen The Sentinels]] are HumongousMecha that typically fire Hand Blasts in their mutant-hunting endeavors.
* ComicBook/{{Cyclops}}' brother Havok fires concussive beams from his hands.
* Rusty from ''Comicbook/TheBigGuyAndRustyTheBoyRobot''.
* The ''Comicbook/AstroCity'' villain [=HandGun=] had an arsenal of specialized gauntlets which fire different types of energy beams. When he's [[YouKnowTooMuch mysteriously murdered]], his widow is stuck wondering what she's going to do with a basement cybernetics lab and about twenty different HandBlast-producing gauntlets.
* Comicbook/{{Empowered}} can do this, when her suit works -- which is never guaranteed.
* SpiderMan B-villain The Shocker fires vibrating waves out of his gauntlets.
** A-list villain, NormanOsborn/Green Goblin, has seldom-used, but surprisingly powerful finger lasers.
* Starfire of the ''Comicbook/TeenTitans'', as well as her evil sister Blackfire, has this as her main superpower.
* One way or another, this is probably the most common ability in the ComicBook/{{Legion of Super-Heroes}}.
* ''Comicbook/BlackWidow'' has her Widow's Bite, aka small but deadly wrist guns. Those bracelets aren't just decoration.
* Sunspot, a villain whom Guy Gardner deals with in ''[[ComicBook/LegendsDC Legends]]'', fires energy blasts from his right hand.
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[[folder:FanWorks]]
* In ''Fanfic/WithStringsAttached'', while [[SuperStrength super-strong]], ActualPacifist Paul is freaking out and struggling not to go berserk on the Hunter's ass for slaughtering a bunch of wolves, his fingernails begin to glow as he clenches his fists, growing brighter and brighter. Eventually he has to swing around and let all that energy loose into the swamp to avoid cooking the Hunter. He had no idea he could do that; nor does he want to, and he has a HeroicBSOD over nearly killing the Hunter. Later, when they're fighting wraiths and it turns out they're transparent to physical attacks, the Hunter apologizes for not warning Paul in advance and assuming he would use his energy beams to attack them. Paul responds by looking at his fingernails and admitting he'd forgotten he could do that.
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[[folder:Film]]
* In the 2007 ''Film/{{Transformers}}'' film, Ironhide whips out two huge cannons from his forearms. In fact, almost every projectile weapon used by the robots are like this, produced from their own arms and directly connected to their body.
** More of a ShapeshifterWeapon. Ironhide's BFG's were [[ArmCannon mounted on his forearms]], while the rest either used handheld guns or the replaced their hands with guns. By Dark of the Moon, almost everyone is using a handheld gun.
* Done in ''StarWars'' by two entire lines of CIS Battle Droids.
* The ABC Warrior robot in ''Film/JudgeDredd'' was armed with machineguns built into its hands. Cue the slaughter of [[RedShirt faceless judges]].
* This is one of the key features of the device in ''Film/CowboysAndAliens''.
* Film/IronMan does this in the film version as well as the comics.
* The Mighty Strobe in ''Film/TheSpecials'' has this. Amok has something similar, except their source is more random, due to a slight case of {{power incontinence}}, meaning they can sometimes come out his dick.
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[[folder:Literature]]
* The Cobra cyborg warriors in TimothyZahn's ''Literature/TheCobraTrilogy'' have a laser built into each hand.
* All of the powers in ''Literature/{{Gone}}'' are said to focused in the hands, however not all are hand blasts.
* In ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'', Harry Dresden pulls this when deprived of his staff and blasting rod. And it is awesome.
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[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* ''Series/StargateSG1''
** The Goa'uld hand device, useful for energy pulse attacks and brain scrambling.
** The wrist-mounted plasma repeater Kull Warriors carry as well.
* Numerous examples from various shows of the ''Franchise/UltraSeries''. The eponymous characters of the shows might have a signature energy attack activated by forming a cross or an L shape with their arms, along with some less powerful Hand Blast attacks.
** The [[http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/UltramanSpeciumRay_9138.jpg Specium Ray,]] a signature attack used by eponymous hero of ''Series/{{Ultraman}}''. Activated by forming a cross with his hands.
** Series/UltraSeven has an attack called Wide Shot, with his arms in an L-shaped pose.
** Ultraman Jack of ''Series/ReturnOfUltraman'' has his own Specium ray.
** The eponymous character of ''Series/UltramanTiga'' has a signature attack from his right arm by forming an L shape with both arms.
** Series/UltramanNexus has signature cross-style ''and'' L-style energy attacks. He can also shoot small energy projectiles. His EvilCounterpart[=s=] also have similar attacks.
** The eponymous character of ''Series/UltramanMebius'' uses and attack called "Mebium Shoot", with his arms forming a cross sign, similarly to the original Ultraman.
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[[folder:Tabletop RPG]]
* ''DungeonsAndDragons''. The ''Color Spray'' spell fires a fan-shaped spray of clashing colors from the caster's hand. It can cause victims to become blind, stunned or unconsciousness. ''Many'' other spells use the hands for focusing and/or directing energy as well.
* Most attack spells in ''RoleMaster'' are launched from the caster's palm.
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[[folder:Video Games]]
* Samus Aran from ''VideoGame/{{Metroid}}'' has a PowerArmor with an ArmCannon replacing the right arm. That cannon can shoot missiles or blast the enemy with a dozen of different rays: Plasma Beam, Wave Beam, Hyper Beam, Phazon Beam...
* The Blaster archetype in ''CityOfHeroes'' runs on this. For at least half of the power sets, the first few powers involve firing fire, ice, radiation, energy, etc. from the hands.
* ''{{Vectorman}}'' has energy guns in the palms of his hands.
* The Boss from ''VideoGame/{{Jumper}} Two'' attacks by shooting red (which you must avoid) and blue ([[TennisBoss which you must reflect]]) energy balls from his hands.
* ''[[RedFaction Red Faction: Armageddon]]'' has this, coming from the MagicfromTechnology [[{{Nanomachines}} nano-forge]].
* Appears several times in the ''RollingThunder'' franchise: Maboo in the NES version of the original, Gimdo in the Genesis version of ''Rolling Thunder 2'', and Dread in the second phase of his final battle.
* ''InazumaEleven 2'' has the Ganymede Proton hissatsu technique which uses a Hand Blast for ''soccer'' of all things; the user stands behind the ball, facing the opposing team's goal, and directs the beam at the ball to send it flying at the goal. Apparently it's technically not a handball if you don't directly touch the ball with either hand, or maybe RuleOfCool just takes precedence over the other rules.
* One of the Weapon Styles in ''DCUniverseOnline''.
* Ellie of ''MonsterTale'' has a bracelet that lets her do this.
* Players in ''Videogame/EYEDivineCybermancy'' have access to a powerful psychic blast from their left hand, used mostly when an enemy is too close for long weapons to be aimed. The blast causes weak enemies to explode in a shower of blood, while more powerful enemies are violently shoved backwards.
* The Slayer from the multiplayer mode of ''VideoGame/MassEffect3'' has the phase disruptor, drawing from their barriers for an area of effect blast from their palm.
* One of the unlockable moves available to Raiden in ''VideoGame/MetalGearRisingRevengeance'' might as well just be called "Hand Blast". Quick, easy to execute, and short ranged, but it knocks enemies back and is useful for [[WreakingHavok shoving objects out of the way]].
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[[folder:Webcomics]]
* ''Webcomic/{{XRS}}'' The suit allows the wearer to fire extremely destructive energy beams of pure radiation from his palms. These beams can vary in intensity and size.It can also do a similar attack with bolts of electricity which have a bit less damaging effect.
* ''Webcomic/{{Project 0}}'': Noor is the [[http://www.centralcitytower.com/2012/05/page-by-page-222-on-fly.html first seen]] using these, the others might be able to too.
* In ''Webcomic/ElGoonishShive'', Ellen has an innate TransformationRay ability which is fired in this fashion.
** [[http://www.egscomics.com/index.php?id=968 According to the magic system, hand beams are going to be Ellen's specialty]], at least for a while.
** And [[http://www.egscomics.com/index.php?id=1564 here]] is some {{Foreshadowing}} that she has several others.
** Tedd (as [[EvilCounterpart Lord Tedd]]) [[http://www.egscomics.com/?date=2004-08-26 uses a gauntlet that does this in his dream]].
* Ben from ''Webcomic/BreakpointCity'' can shoot blasts of [[ShockAndAwe electricity]] [[http://www.breakpointcity.com/archives/2000/09/29/zapped/ from his hands]].
* The mysterious girl in the beginning of ''{{Sarab}}'' has [[http://sarab.co/pages/chapter-01-changes/page-02-girls/ a gauntlet]] that does this.
* ''Webcomic/WaywardSons'': A number of characters' powers can be used for this.
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[[folder:WebOriginal]]
* Chaka of the WhateleyUniverse has picked up one of these from watching a ninja use a Ki attack on her. She calls it the 'Chaka Chaka Bang Bang'.
** Plenty of Energizers like Golden Girl can do it too.
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[[folder:Western Animation]]
* ''SpaceGhost'' uses his power bands to fire stun rays, heat rays and so on.
** In his later years as a talk show host, he also showed off his "smell ray".
* Shego's "plasma" blasts from ''WesternAnimation/KimPossible'' (the original concept was that the blasts were from devices in her gloves; it was [[RetCon later established]] as an inherent superpower).
** One-shot ''WesternAnimation/KimPossible'' villain Gemini has an artificial hand that can deliver electric shocks and launch bullet-sized missiles.
* While not really a thing ghosts usually do, [[WesternAnimation/DannyPhantom Danny]] can fire ectoplasmic blasts or "Ghost Rays" from his hands.
* Finn from ''WesternAnimation/AdventureTime'' has the Gauntlet of the Hero until it's destroyed.
* ''WesternAnimation/BigGuyAndRustyTheBoyRobot'': Rusty does it, and actually makes a shotgun style cocking of the arm before doing so.
* Before he became an [[HarveyBirdmanAttorneyAtLaw attorney]], Birdman was a WingedHumanoid superhero who shot power blasts from his hands. They were solar-powered, so savvy villains often tried to trap him in dark places.
* Like her comic counterpart, Starfire of [[WesternAnimation/TeenTitans Teen Titans]] is able to do this by feeling "righteous fury", and her sister Blackfire is able to do this in a similar fashion. Raven and Jinx can do this as well, but through magic rather than emotions.
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[[folder:Real Life]]
* The Pistol Shrimp uses this attack as a hunting weapon: it can snap its claw shut so fast that the cavitation bubble generated can incapacitate or kill a small fish up to 4 centimeters (1.6 inches) away.
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