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While some might use dodges or blocks to avoid the fist flying toward them, others prefer to simply reach out and catch it like a softball. Since this is almost always a demonstration of strength and superiority, the person catching the punch is [[BlockingStopsAllDamage rarely hurt]] by being punched directly in the palm. Instead, it often becomes an opportunity for the catcher to close his fingers around the offending fist and squeeze.

Note that this trope isn't just blocking or deflecting a punch. This trope is when the punch just STOPS, firmly placed in the palm of someone's hand. If they really want to demonstrate superior strength, they will proceed to either crush the hand or twist the arm painfully. If they want to showcase how much weaker the puncher is, they may even punch the original puncher in the face with their own fist to add insult to injury.

Compare BareHandedBladeBlock for when catching a sword instead of a fist and PunchParry for when the fist is blocked with another fist.
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[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* Trope picture: seen in the [[http://www.mangareader.net/464-28698-15/kissxsis/chapter-1.html first chapter]] of ''kiss◊sis'', when Keita catches his teacher's punch. It's also a bit of a [[DeconstructedTrope deconstruction]], as the character got hurt badly enough as to spend several chapters with his right hand in a bandage.
* Oga from ''Manga/{{Beelzebub}}'' does this against Graphiel. Justified because he's MadeOfIron.
* ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'' anime episode 166. Ichigo has been beaten up pretty badly during his fight with Grimmjow. Orihime calls out to him, and he's inspired by her words. When Grimmjow strikes at him Ichigo casually catches Grimmjow's fist with his hand. Seen [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HmbpeqQTHOE#t=8m12s here]]
-->'''Orihime:''' Please don't die. Don't die, Ichigo! You don't have to win, and you don't have to fight for me. Just don't get hurt. I couldn't bear it.
** Ikkaku later tries this against Shishigawara, but the impact is so great that it [[{{Fingore}} breaks two of Ikkaku's fingers]].
* In ''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima'', [[AccidentalPervert Negi]] may often be a target of [[FieryRedhead Anya's]] {{Megaton Punch}}es, but the one time he gets serious, he easily blocks her [[PlayingWithFire Flame]] [[ElementalPunch Knuckle]] and proceeds to explain why she was wrong.
* ''Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanohaStrikerS'' shows just how physically strong Nanoha is when she does this to Subaru's PowerFist, and later, to the [[GodEmperor Sankt Kaiser]][[spoiler:[[OlderAlterEgo -form]] of [[MysteriousWaif Vivio]]]] immediately before she ends those fights. Impressive, since the punches of those two are capable of shattering DeflectorShields.
* In the ''Anime/DragonBallZ'' Lord Slug movie, (and consequently, in [[WebVideo/DragonBallAbridged the parody]] by Creator/TeamFourStar) when Piccolo fights with TheBrute, he catches a punch, then brutally crushes the fist and break the brute's arm to boot.
* In ''Anime/GhostInTheShellStandAloneComplex'', Batou intentionally lets his idol, a former silver-medalist boxer to knock him out during an investigation. When he later finds out that his idol had betrayed him by spying on the country, he confronts him and challenges him to another boxing match to settle things. He tries to knock Batou out using the same move as before, confident that it worked, but Batou caught the punch with his hand and countered with a right hook, knocking him out.
* Kakuzu caught Choji's punch in an episode of ''Manga/{{Naruto}}''. It should be noted that Choji's fist was currently about half the size of Kakuzu himself.
* ''Manga/SaintSeiya''
** Particularly excessive when Seiya's EstablishingCharacterMoment is catching Cassius' fist in his palm. "Excessive" because Cassius' fist is almost as wide as Seiya himself is ''tall''.
** A variant of this is used by Silver Saint Lacerta Misty and the Marine Shogun Sea Horse Baigan. Both warriors's "impenetrable forcefield" is created by them defending their bodies with their open palms, moving them fast enough their opponent can't even ''see'' their hands.
* In ''Manga/RanmaOneHalf: TheMovie'', ''Big Trouble in Nekonron China'', the Lucky God Kirin ''never'' touches anything himself, he uses his foot-long steel chopsticks to grasp and manipulate objects. Therefore, his defense consists of him catching punches with said chopsticks at absurd speeds, seemingly creating an impregnable wall in front of him until Ranma notices the marks the chopsticks leave on his hand. When he tried it on Akane, though, she just ''let'' her first fist stay caught and punched him across the room with her free one.
* In ''SDGundamForce'', Captain tries to punch Professor Gerbera, only for Gerbera to catch the blow easily.
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[[folder:Comic Books]]
* One of Franchise/{{Batman}}'s favorite techniques, since it emphasizes just how immovable and unstoppable he is to the superstitious and cowardly criminals.
* ''ComicBook/IdentityCrisis''
** During the big fight between ComicBook/{{Deathstroke}} and the {{JLA}}, Deathstroke catches GreenLantern's punch and then tries to override GL's willpower, hoping to use the ring himself without even wearing it. Green Arrow [[EyeScream doesn't let him get very far]].
** Deathstroke also used this on Batman, the patron saint of this trope, in a memorable scene from an issue of ''Detective Comics'':
-->'''Deathstroke:''' That was it, Batman. Your last free shot.
* In Creator/FrankMiller's ''ComicBook/{{Daredevil}}'' run, TheKingpin of Crime sometimes used this to demonstrate his immense strength and skill.
* In ''ComicBook/FinalCrisis'', [[spoiler:Alpha Lantern Kraken]] does this while fighting GreenLantern John Stewart. The mark of his ring left on [[spoiler: her]] palm clues Batman in that [[spoiler: she attacked John, and that she's possessed by {{Darkseid}}'s ally Granny Goodness.]]
* ''Franchise/SpiderMan''
** Spider-Man once caught the punch of an unruly biker who was trying to bully his way around pedestrians.
** Likewise, ComicBook/{{Venom}} caught Spider-Man's punch in the first issue of his initial miniseries.
** Spider-Man actually loves this trope, though he does it more casually and accompanies it with a wisecrack. It makes the [[MookHorrorShow Mook look weak]] as opposed to him looking Badass, though nobody denies he is.
* ''ComicBook/UltimateSpiderMan'': While Peter was first learning his powers, Flash Thompson tried to fight him and Peter did this instinctively. Flash's hand was broken and [[CantGetAwayWithNuthin his parents sued Ben and May for the hospital bills.]]
* In ''ComicBook/TheIncredibleHulk'' #300 Hulk [[http://www.incrediblehulkonline.com/ironfiststrength.html catches]] The ComicBook/ImmortalIronFist's punch in his hand and redirects the power of the punch back into Fist.
* In ''ComicBook/{{Preacher}}'' by GarthEnnis Jesse Custer does just this to a punch thrown by Cassidy, the Irish vampire. Stops it dead. Course, Jesse breaks every bone in his hand doing this, but Cassidy doesn't know that.
* In an ''ComicBook/{{X-Men}}'' / ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'' {{crossover}}, Data does this when Colossus takes a swing at him, though he still [[KnockbackSlide is shoved back a few feet]].
* Done by Franchise/{{Superman}} any number of times, often with a "are you done yet?" look.
* ''ComicBook/JudgeDredd'' does this to Bachmann at the end of ''Trifecta'', after she has [[CurbStompBattle taken down]] [[TheSimpingDetective Jack Point]] and [[ComicBook/LowLife Dirty Frank]] with ease. [[spoiler: It's more of a distraction, as [[TheChessmaster Judge Smiley]] comes up from behind and [[BoomHeadshot takes her down]].]]
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[[folder:Fan Works]]
* In the Goku vs. Superman fight in ''WebAnimation/DeathBattle'', Goku does this on Supes when revealing his SuperMode. Superman returned the favor with his power pole.
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[[folder:Films -- Animation]]
* During the climax of ''Anime/StreetFighterIITheAnimatedMovie'', Ryu battles M. Bison in order to free Ken of the latter's Psycho-Powered mind control. The duel ends as Bison catches Ryu's fist in his palm, raises it above his head, and starts ''crushing it'' while Ryu screams. Cue Ken's [[BigDamnHeroes heroic]] [[HesBack comeback]] that frees his friend before the villain grinds his fist to powder.
* In ''JusticeLeagueDoom'', Superman catches Ace's punch with the most peaceful expression. Ace continues to pound Superman's face, and the latter barely flinches.
* Happens a lot in ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeagueCrisisOnTwoEarths''. Often times on a punch from Batman, showing that he's a BadassNormal among supers.
* At the climax of ''Disney/AtlantisTheLostEmpire'', Milo tries to punch Rourke, only for Roarke to catch it and slam Milo's own hand back into his face. This is one example that is done quite believably, as Rourke is a very powerfully built trained soldier fighting a scrawny and untrained scholar.
* One of Ada's punches are blocked this way in ''Anime/ResidentEvilDamnation''. Played with in that the punch was caught at full extension.
* ''WesternAnimation/KungFuPanda2''. Tigress catches Po headbutting the boat's mast in frustration, so challenges him to throw a punch that she catches in her paw.
-->'''Po:''' YEE-HAHAHA-YEOOOOOOOOW! I think I prefer the mast!
-->'''Tigress:''' Apologies. I used to punch the ironwood trees by the palace to train. [[MadeOfIron Now I feel nothing]].
-->'''Po:''' That's severely cool.
** Po does this in the first movie, catching Tai Lung's punch between his ''thumb and forefinger'' (though Tai Lung is at the end of his strength by that point).
* Done by {{Brainiac}} to one of Superman's punches in ''WesternAnimation/SupermanUnbound''. Later in the film, Superman returns the favor.

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[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* In ''Film/BackToTheFuture Part II'', Biff's grandson catches Marty's hand when he tries to do the trick that worked in the first movie -- saying "Hey, what's that?" and then punching Biff when he turns to look.
* ''Film/TheAvengers''
** Loki catches Captain America's fist during their fight.
** Later, his brother Thor catches the fist of the Hulk but is quickly slugged by his free hand.
** Also, during their initial fight, Thor catches Iron Man's fist, [[SubvertedTrope but then promptly gets]] [[HandBlast repulsor blasted]] [[SubvertedTrope in the face.]]
* Bane does this both fights with [[Franchise/{{Batman}} The Dark Knight]] himself in ''Film/TheDarkKnightRises''. A notable contrast is done with both fights. The first he is stopped so dead Bane hits him with his fist, the second Batman gets his hand free and lands his first blow on his mask, changing the tide of the fight.
* In ''Film/TheMatrix'', at the end, [[spoiler:Neo]] performs an arm catch when Agent Smith is trying to beat him down.
* ''Film/UndercoverBrother''. When Conspiracy Brother tries to punch Lance in the face, Sistah Girl effortlessly catches and holds his fist.
* ''Film/BatmanAndRobin''. While Robin is fighting Bane he throws a punch at Bane's head. Bane catches his hand and throws him down a flight of stairs.
* ''Film/CaptainAmericaTheWinterSoldier''. The Winter Soldier does this with Cap's shield, thrown at him edge on. From behind no less. This is Cap's first encounter with the Winter Soldier, so gives him an OhCrap reaction.
** Also played with in the [[CaptainAmericaTheFirstAvenger first movie]]. After Cap knocks down the RedSkull with a punch, he gets up and throws a punch that puts a massive dent in Cap's shield when he blocks it. Cue another OhCrap when Cap realises the Red Skull is a SuperSoldier like himself.
* Initiated by the Green Goblin in the first of the ''Series/SpidermanTrilogy'' against the titular character with a badass one word one liner to boot.
* In ''Film/HotFuzz'', [[BigBad Simon Skinner]] catches [[TheHero Nicholas Angel's]] fist and crushes it. A few seconds later, Angel returns the favor.
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[[folder:Literature]]
* [[TheBrute Gruesome Krav]] from ''Literature/SkulduggeryPleasant'', himself extremely strong, once made the mistake of punching [[TheJuggernaut Mr. Bliss]]. Bliss caught his fist and then ''crushed it.''
* In ''Literature/OfMiceAndMen'', Curley is beating up Lennie. As Curley swings at him, Lennie grabs his fist and holds onto it, then crushes it with his great strength, without even meaning to.
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[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* ''Series/{{Smallville}}''
** Clark does it many times, even against Kara and Zod. [[spoiler:Also against Oliver / {{Darkseid}} in the GrandFinale.]]
** Aldar and Doomsday both pull it on Clark.
* ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer''. Spike does this during the Demon Trials, and discovers it's not a good idea when your opponent has [[KillItWithFire flaming fists]].
* Series/{{Angel}} and his son Connor do this a few times. So does VampireHunter Holtz when he first meets Justine -- she's not impressed and follows it up by headbutting him.
* ''Series/JukenSentaiGekiranger'' - Retsu / Geki Blue's brother Gou reappears after several years as a rabid WolfMan. While Gou's the same age as before the transformation, he's not happy to learn the kid brother he remembers as a crybaby is now both a fellow martial artist and a superhero. After an argument about whether Retsu can handle it, he tries to prove his point by throwing a punch -- and is very surprised when Retsu catches his fist and pushes him back.
* ''Series/{{Supernatural}}''. In "Hammer of the Gods" a bunch of pagan gods get together to stop the Apocalypse, only for Lucifer to turn up and CurbStompBattle them all. At one point, he does a punch catch to [[{{Voudoun}} Baron Samedi]]. We don't see what happens after Lucifer catches his fist, but it involves a lot of [[GoryDiscretionShot blood splattering against the wall]].
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[[folder:Video Games]]
* Kos-Mos blocks one of T-elos' punches this way in the third ''VideoGame/{{Xenosaga}}'' game. She's alot stronger than her so she breaks her arm doing it. T-elos does this to Ziggy just before the second fight.
* Wesker does this to Chris in ''VideoGame/ResidentEvil5'' proving just how much stronger hes become after being reborn.
* Asura from ''VideoGame/AsurasWrath'' dopes this to a [[EliteMook Taison]] in episode 8. [[spoiler: Chakravartin does this to Asura twice, once in his creator form. Both times are done with just one finger]].
* In ''VideoGame/RatchetAndClankFutureACrackInTime'' Sigmund the robot ends up fighting [[spoiler: Alistair]] at the game's climax. He tries punching him with one fist and he catches it. He tries punching him with his other arm and the same thing happens. Then a cucukoo bird pops out of a chest compartment and whacks him in the face a few times before he knocks Sigmund away.
* In ''VideoGame/InjusticeGodsAmongUs'' Insurgency Deathstroke catches two of Regime WonderWoman's punches, showing how good he is fighting against the amazon's old and predictable moves.
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[[folder:Web Animation]]
* ''Machinima/RedVsBlue'' Season Ten has Maine do this. He was strong before, but this was to demonstrate his new enhancements after his injuries from Season 9.
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[[folder:Web Comic]]
* In ''Webcomic/{{UC}}'', one of the grey possessed high school students easily [[http://www.wanderingchaos.com/uc/020205.html catches]] Kelsiís fist, at the beginning of their fight. Kelsi is understandably shocked, as a few comics earlier, she knocked down the same high school student, sans possession, with a single angry punch.
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[[folder:Western Animation]]
* In ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitans'' episode "Apprentice", Robin tries to punch Slade who just catches it with his hand.
* ''WesternAnimation/KingOfTheHill''
** When Hank finally tells off the idiotic Bostonian he's been stuck with, he throws a punch at him. Hank catches it without missing a beat.
** During a flashback in "Stand By Your Fool" when a drunk Hank pokes a beefy guy in a punk rock bar, the then in shape and badass Bill intercepts the fist.
* During the final fight in ''WesternAnimation/SupermanTheAnimatedSeries'', {{Darkseid}} catches one of Superman's punches after Superman hits him a few times.
-->'''Darkseid:''' [[WhoDares You DARE strike me?!?]]
* In the ''WesternAnimation/YoungJustice'' episode "Agendas", when Match punches Superboy [[spoiler: after Superboy uses a [[HourOfPower Shield patch]]]], Superboy catches it before [[PunchedAcrossTheRoom sending him flying]].
* When [[spoiler:Ross]] becomes the Red Hulk his strength allowed him to pull this on the Hulk in WesternAnimation/AvengersEarthsMightiestHeroes.
* In ''WesternAnimation/ReBoot'', Megabyte does this to Matrix.
* Non Superpowered example in WesternAnimation/GravityFalls in the season one finale. After Dipper breaks his way inside Gideon's giant robot and the two brawl Dipper is able to catch Gideon's fist and then whack him with it, making the MotionCaptureMecha do the same.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague'' episode "Kid's Stuff", Superman catches Blockbuster's fist and makes him punch himself in the face.
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[[folder:Real Life]]
* AwesomeButImpractical -- Not only would it hurt and possibly break your hand, but you would need a huge strength difference to be able to pull it off in the first place. It's far easier and safer to simply dodge or deflect the punch. Of course, the whole ''point'' of this trope is to demonstrate immense physical superiority, and [[RuleOfCool look totally badass in the process]].
* A somewhat more practical method in real life that is less common in fiction is instead to catch the ''wrist'' of the punching hand and pulling it out to the side.
* One way boxers block a jab is to "catch" it with their same-side hand, basically giving the jab a high-five ([[http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-C9q3G3f8mCo/T2FMXrsFc_I/AAAAAAAAAEo/Wq-j0H_qSzI/s1600/Thomas_Jab_3.jpg illustration]]). The difference is that there's no attempt to grab and keep hold of the punching hand; the hand doing the "catch" is open and relaxed, which dissipates the force of the punch. Rather, the defending fighter will counter with a punch while the opponent retracts the blocked jab.
* Done in boxing ''training'' by the coach, through gloves with large pads on the end, meant to absorb the hit. While it doesn't catch the fist per say, it sure does ''look'' a lot like this.
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