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Power Palms is the placement of something important on or in someone's palms. This can be something supernatural or technical: a map, a release for special powers, or something of that sort.

If defensive, this may be because of its similarity to the "stop" hand motion. If knowledge-based, this may be because of Buddhist influence, requesting openness.

Related to PowerFist and HandBlast. This power could potentially be the cause of OffhandBackhand, and is often used to execute the dreaded FacePalmOfDoom. Not related to ADateWithRosiePalms.



[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* ''Manga/{{Gunnm}}'' has Don Fua's Noble Void palm, which is fully capable of neutralizing an EarthShatteringKaboom inducing ''antimatter'' punch from ''Zekka''. That's without even mentioning his ''black hole'' generating HandBlast variant.
* In ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'', the Hyuuga clan have a chakra-based fighting style which has a focus of palms.
** Deidara has mouths on his palms [[spoiler: and chest]] which he uses to make explosive clay.
** Most ninja can only release chakra well through the palms of their hands and the soles of their feet.
** [[spoiler:Naruto and Sasuke]] are each granted a god-tier Power Palm that doubles as a sealing technique in order to combat [[spoiler:Kaguya]].
* Miroku the Monk form ''Manga/InuYasha'' has the 'Wind Tunnel' on his palm, which allows him to absorb and destroy basically anything - though, unfortunately, it's [[PowerIncontinence impossible to control]] once unleashed.
* In ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist'', Solf J. Kimblee has two halves of a [[GeometricMagic transmutation circle]] in his palms, when he claps, he can put it together to turn things into bombs. Other characters perform alchemy by clapping, though that is because they have seen the Truth behind alchemy, and can thus do it without a transmutation circle, instead using the clapping motion to turn their arms and chest into an empty transmutation circle.
* ''Anime/CodeGeass'' has the [[http://brianandrew.files.wordpress.com/2011/03/saimecha_guren-mk2.png Radiant Wave Surger]], a microwave emitter built into the Guren's right hand. While at first it's limited to [[DeflectorShield defensive]] and close combat use (by grappling the opponent), it later gets a MidSeasonUpgrade into a [[WaveMotionGun long-range concentrated beam capable of sniping foes from afar]] and a non-lethal OneHitPolykill mode.
* ''Anime/DragonBallZ'':
** The palms are the most often-used place for Saiyans (and other races) to form and fire their ki as energy blasts.
** Androids 19 and 20 have ki absorption devices on their palms. ''Anime/DragonBallGT'' has Super Android 17 with the same feature. Even though he, unlike 19 and 20, can absorb energy without using his palms, the palm devices are still there.
* [[BearsAreBadNews Bartholomew Kuma]] from ''Manga/OnePiece'' ate the Paw-Paw Fruit, which gives him paw pads on him palms that can push and repel anything. '''Anything'''. Including, but limited to, people, giant monsters, ''the air'' and even ''pain and fatigue''.
* In ''[[Anime/MobileSuitGundamSeedDestiny Gundam SEED Destiny]]'', Shinn's titular Destiny Gundam is fitted with a pair of powerful, short-ranged Palma Fiocina beam cannons in its hands, allowing it to administer a particularly nasty FacePalmOfDoom. This was based on the tactic of using the energy-transfer plugs in older suits' hands as {{Emergency Weapon}}s, which Lowe Guele of ''[[Manga/MobileSuitGundamSeedAstray Gundam SEED Astray]]'' was especially fond of pulling off in his Astray Red Frame.
* ''[[Anime/MobileSuitGundamSeed SEED]]'' was not the first Franchise/{{Gundam}} series to have suits with Power Palms, though. Perhaps the oldest example in the franchise is Haman Karn's Qubeley from ''[[Anime/MobileSuitZetaGundam Zeta Gundam]]'' and ''[[Anime/MobileSuitGundamZZ Gundam ZZ]]'', which had a beam launcher fitted in each hand that could detach to form a pair of beam sabers for close-quarters combat. This design was borrowed wholesale much later in ''[[Anime/MobileSuitGundamAge Gundam AGE]]'', where it became the standard armament (along with a powerful, slow-firing ChestBlaster) for the UE's [[MechaMooks Gafrans]].
* ''LightNovel/VampireHunterD''. The title character has a parasite that manifests as a face on his left palm with special powers. It can talk and also suck in air, creating a windstorm.
* Copy Rezo from the ''{{Anime/Slayers}}'' anime has mouths on his palms. These mouths chant spells, allowing him to cast three at once.
* In ''LightNovel/ACertainMagicalIndex'', Touma's right hand disrupts any supernatural power it comes into contact with.
* In ''Webcomic/OnePunchMan'', this is one of Genos's trademarks (aside from getting blown into bits). Then again, he is a cyborg...
* Okuyasu Nijimura's Stand in ''Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventure'' isn't called The Hand for nothing. It's right hand has an intricate spiderweb pattern along with two round nodules on the palm, and anything it wipes this hand across gets ''removed from existence via a PortalCut!'' Okuyasu himself says he doesn't know where it goes, and his insistence on using The Hand's right hand is what tipped Josuke off about its power.

* Emplate, a major recurring villain from the ''ComicBook/GenerationX'' comic, uses the mouths in his palms to feed on the DNA of mutants - and only mutants. Normal humans do not slake his needs, and non-mutant but otherwise super powered DNA harms him. A bit of [[FantasticRacism Fantastic Affirmative Action]], I guess?
* ComicBook/SpiderMan has the triggers for his webshooters in the palms of his hands, to produce webs from his wrists. This is the reason his signature hand motion, because the trigger can be selectively pressed with only the middle and ring fingers. This is to keep webbing from coming out every time he claps or makes a fist.
* In the MarvelUniverse the Celestial Arishem the Judge has a formula on his palm that he uses to decide whether a race will live or die.
** One ''ComicBook/XFactor'' story arc had Arishem show up at a planet where everyone has superpowers, and were divided into three warring factions. As he raised his hand to judge them, they all combined their powers into a single beam that blew off his hand. [[SecretTestOfCharacter Which was exactly what was required for Arishem to judge them worthy of survival.]]
* Sunspot, a villain whom Guy Gardner takes care of in ''[[ComicBook/LegendsDC Legends]]'', fires energy blasts from the palm of his left hand.
* Jade of the original ''ComicBook/InfinityInc'' emits her GreenLanternRing power from a mark on either her left or right hand, DependingOnTheArtist.

* ''Film/LogansRun''. The inhabitants of the city have a Lifeclock (crystal) implanted in their palms. It changes color as the person ages: when it starts blinking red and then turns black (at age 30) the person must report to Carousel and go through a ceremony that results in their death.
* ''Film/TheGoldenVoyageOfSinbad''. The slave girl Margiana has a tattoo on her palm that looks like an eye. It has supernatural significance: Sinbad had a dream about it before he met her, and it marks her as the chosen one of the green barbarians' God of the Single Eye: a giant centaur with one eye.
* In ''Film/RaidersOfTheLostArk'', Toht, the slimy Nazi agent, has one side of the head of the Staff of Ra burned into his hand.
* ''Film/PiratesOfTheCaribbeanDeadMansChest'': Jack Sparrow has a black mark on his palm to indicate how long he has until he must pay his debt to Davy Jones.
* ''Film/IronMan'': All of Tony's armors have a pair of repulsor blasters in the palms of his [[PoweredArmor powersuit]] gloves. Since they are primarily used for flight stabilization, this limits his combat actions while flying; later armors have a jetpack to help with this.
-->'''Pepper:''' I thought you weren't making weapons?\\
'''Tony:''' It's a flight stabilizer, perfectly harmless. ''[blasts himself across the room]''
* ''Franchise/TheMatrix'': Whenever Neo stops bullets in mid-air it is by holding his palm outstretched.
* ''Film/KungFuHustle''. Sing not only masters the Buddha's Palm. but ''puts a hole through a building'' with it.

* Most mutant's powers come from their hands in ''Literature/{{Gone}}''.
* There is an expression "X is in the palm of my hand" frequently used in anime when a character wants to brag about his power. The idea comes from ''Literature/JourneyToTheWest'' where Sun Wukong, despite all his powers, failed to jump out of Buddha's hand.
* In the book ''Literature/InFuryBorn'', by Creator/DavidWeber, members of the Imperial Cadre have Beta Receptors and Gamma Receptors implanted in the palms of their right and left hands, respectively, that allow them to interface with computer systems.
* Chelsea of ''Literature/SuperheroesAnonymous'' emits an AgonyBeam from a hole in her palm.

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* The shacquarava shared by Taelons, Kimera and Jaridians in ''Series/EarthFinalConflict''.
* When {{Creator/FOX}} was a new channel, there was a show about werewolves, called ''Series/{{Werewolf}}''. Those afflicted with the curse had a bloody pentagram on their palms.
* On ''Series/StargateSG1'', the Go'a'uld have at least two different pieces of technology -- a short-range weapon and a healing device -- that direct energy through their palms.
* The ''Series/DoctorWho'' episode "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS32E3TheCurseOfTheBlackSpot The Curse of the Black Spot]]" has an incorporeal mermaid who marks people on their palms. [[spoiler:They think they're being marked for death; actually, they're being marked for transport into a hospital spaceship in AnotherDimension...]]
* Dr. Light in the second season of ''Series/TheFlash2014'' draws energy from starlight and expels it as intense energy beams from her palms.

[[folder:Religion and Mythology]]
* Stigmata, bleeding from the palms, is supposedly a sign of divinity, connected to the crucifixion of UsefulNotes/{{Jesus}}.

[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* ''TabletopGame/CallOfCthulhu''. The Great Old One Y'golonac ([[RunningGag You Fool]]! You've [[SpeakOfTheDevil doomed us all]]!) has open mouths on the palms of his hands that he can use to drain Intelligence and Power from his victims. When he possesses a human being, mouths open on their palms as well.
* In ''TabletopGame/MagicTheGathering'' all of the five "Gempalm" creatures have abilities seemingly based on gemstones embedded in their palms. They variously use these to burn or drain life from people, strengthen their allies, or make them fly.

* The Matoran in ''Toys/{{Bionicle}}'' "eat" (absorb matter/energy) with their palms.

* In ''VideoGame/MegaManZero 4'', Zero's Z-Knuckle is a [[BroughtToYouByTheLetterS Z-shaped]] chip on his hand that can be used to [[PowerCopying steal weapons from]] {{mooks}}.
** Omega is often depicted with a stylised, glowing Ω on his palm. Its purpose is unclear, although it seems to be an energy focus.
* In ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaOcarinaOfTime'', Ganondorf blasts Link with a ray of energy that comes out of his palm.
* A rare, harmless example: UsefulNotes/YagyuJubei's left palm in the second ''VideoGame/{{Onimusha}}'' title. Works the same as the [[TrickedOutGloves Oni Gauntlet]].
* In the ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}'' universe, Lucario channels aura through the palms of its hands (paws?). This isn't evident in the main series games (except for one of its moves being Force Palm), but is more apparent in [[Anime/{{Pokemon}} the anime]] and ''[[VideoGame/SuperSmashBros Super Smash Bros. Brawl]]''.
* Speaking of ''VideoGame/SuperSmashBros'', Mario's Fireball seems to be fired from his palm, as opposed to Luigi's Fireball which appears to come from his fingertips.
* Kai Leng has some sort of powerful gun built into his right hand in ''VideoGame/MassEffect3''. Phantoms have a weapon that is very similar, but in their case it appears to be their own biotics rather than external weaponry.
* A whole class of weapons in ''VideoGame/KidIcarusUprising''. They're reported to draw upon the life force of the user but aren't CastFromHitPoints.
* ''Franchise/StreetFighter'': Chun-Li's Kikoken (as well as the Kikosho) is the technique that more closely uses this principle. The Shotos' Hadoken (specifically Ryu, Ken, Akuma and Sakura) use chi drawn from the entire hands, the palms serving mostly to directing the resulting projectile.
** In ''VideoGame/CapcomVsSNK2'', Sakura's Hadoken is morphed into the Hadosho, which also fits the trope, being a short streak of light launched straight from the palms rather than a full fireball.
* In ''VideoGame/RivalSchools'', Akira's Burning Vigor Attack Kikokai is essentially the same as a Kikosho from Chun-Li. Her brother Daigo has it as a normal special attack, and a super-powered version as his B.V.A.
* In ''VideoGame/DragonAgeInquisition'', the mark on the Inquisitor's left hand is used to open and seal up rifts to the Fade.
* This is the Warlock class's Melee Attack in ''VideoGame/{{Destiny}}''.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* In ''WesternAnimation/SpiderManTheAnimatedSeries'', ComicBook/{{Morbius}} the Living Vampire could suck people's plasma through holes on his palms. This may be because of the NeverSayDie mentality of the times, or because of its [[StealthInsult saving him from having to actually taste]] the residents of New York. Apparently this censorship requirement was a throwback to the Comics Code mentality where "real" vampires could not be shown (same applied to ''Batman'' animated series) so the creators had to come up with an alternative way for Morbius to suck blood. Whether this ended up being any less gruesome is up to debate, but it was agreed to look damn creepy. Those suction holes would ''twitch'' whenever they had a closeup.
* ''Franchise/{{Transformers}}'':
** ''WesternAnimation/TransformersAnimated'': Lugnut can pull a variation on this with the Punch of Kill Everything. He replaces his hand-claws with a pressure plate then slams it into something, making explosions that can level a city block.
** Airachnid from ''WesternAnimation/TransformersPrime'', whose blasters are housed in the centres of her palms.
* Garnet from ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse'' has her gems on her palms.