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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.



* The trope is used in an Australian Government-sponsored commercial. A man in a bar tries to punch another man in the back of the head when a third man catches his fist. The scene freezes around this man and he warns against "one-punch attacks" -- attacks in which a single punch causes serious injury or death.

[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* Seen in the 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.
* ''Anime/DragonBallZ'':
** In ''Anime/DragonBallZTheTreeOfMight'', Turles catches Gohan's fist and painfully squeezes his hand.
** In ''Anime/DragonBallZLordSlug'', (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. Additionally, when Lord Slug beats the crap out of Goku during the start of the climax, Slug once tries to throw a punch, but Goku catches it and transforms into his "False" Super Saiyan form and immediately breaks Slug's arm. [[spoiler:[[GoodThingYouCanHeal Slug gets better though]].]]
** In ''Anime/DragonBallZTheHistoryOfTrunks'', Future Gohan catches Android 18's punch, but then a second later, Android 17 hits him in the back and then 18 sends him flying with her other hand. Later, 18 catches Future Trunks' punch and then punches him back with her free hand.
* 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.
* {{Dragon Drive}} Manga-only in chapter 22, Reiji did this to Himuro Hikaru.
* ''Anime/GhostInTheShellArise''. Motoko does this to another cyborg with an ArmCannon. Both damage their hands, but the damage to the Arm Cannon prevents him firing on Motoko again.
* 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.
** Played by Cancer Deathmask, who is fond of this move. He then retaliates by blasting the enemy with the energy of their own attack and then some of his own.
* 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 ''Anime/SDGundamForce'', Captain tries to punch Professor Gerbera, only for Gerbera to catch the blow easily.
* Happens in ''Manga/YuYuHakusho'' from time to time.
** Toguro does this to Yusuke during their confrontation before the final round of the Dark Tournament. Also a CMOA for Yusuke, as afterward it's revealed that Toguro's hand is mangled (though it heals quickly).
* In ''Anime/YuGiOhArcV'', Reiji did this to Yuya, then scolded him for not trying to settle things with a duel.
* In ''Manga/PuellaMagiSuzuneMagica'', one of the first things Arisa did with her new SuperStrength was to catch a bully's fist and slowly crush her hand.
* In ''Webcomic/OnePunchMan'', Saitama does this to Tanktop Black Hole after the latter tried to discredit Saitama's destruction of the meteor, claiming that Saitama was taking a threatening stance, then lunging down at him. This is after Saitama had swatted away the equally belligerent Tanktop Tiger, which might've been a good indicator that Saitama is more than he appears--not that it stops Tanktop Black Hole. Saitama just casually catches Tanktop Black Hole's fist (and inadvertently starts crushing it), reducing him to a simpering wuss who confesses he was lying to try and make Saitama look bad.
* In ''Franchise/{{Naruto}}'', Sasuke did this to some gangsters and then proceeded to beat them up.
* [[KungFuWizard Natsu]] has been on the giving and receiving ends of this trope numerous times in ''Manga/FairyTail''. During the [[TournamentArc Grand Magic Games]], he does this to his opponent [[ArrogantKungFuGuy Sting]] after the later punches him with an attack that releases an explosion of energy that engulfs the arena, [[TheWorfEffect completely unharmed]] and causing Sting [[OhCrap to realize maybe he underestimated him a little too much]]. During the ''Nirvana'' arc, he finds one of his [[ElementalPunch flaming punches]] caught barehanded by [[EvilRedHead Cobra]], who not only doesn't react, but makes ''Natsu'' recoil in pain when he activates his own Dragon Slayer Magic and [[PoisonousPerson fries his hand with a burst of poison]].
* 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.

[[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, ComicBook/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 {{ComicBook/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 Creator/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/XMen'' / ''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. A few examples:
** In ''Comicbook/WarWorld'', Superman catches Comicbook/MartianManhunter's fist when they fight.
** ''Comicbook/TheSupergirlFromKrypton'', Superman catches Darkseid's fist during their final battle.
* ''ComicBook/{{Supergirl}}'':
** ''ComicBook/{{Bizarrogirl}}'': As dreaming she's fighting Superwoman, Supergirl sees Lucy to grab her arms right when she is hammering her down.
** In [[ComicBook/SupergirlRebirth 2017 storyline]] ''The Girl of No Tomorrow'', the Girl of Steel catches Solomon Grundy's giant punch, so oversized that she needs both hands.
* ''ComicBook/SpiderGirl'': May Parker is threatened by a schoolmate's abusive boyfriend who intends to intimidate her into keeping her nose out of his business. His punch never connects, though: May catches his fist and ''squeezes''.
* ''ComicBook/JudgeDredd'' does this to Bachmann at the end of ''Trifecta'', after she has [[CurbStompBattle taken down]] Jack Point and Dirty Frank (from the spin-offs ''ComicBook/TheSimpingDetective'' and ''ComicBook/LowLife'', respectively) with ease. [[spoiler: It's more of a distraction, as [[TheChessmaster Judge Smiley]] comes up from behind and [[BoomHeadshot takes her down]].]]
* In ''ComicBook/AtomicRobo'', one of Vanadis's [[SuperSoldier Brutes]] does this to Robo's improvised ''battering ram.''
* In ''Comicbook/InfiniteCrisis'', Superboy-Prime does this to Connor in their second fight. This neatly demonstrates that the difference between their levels of power is as vast as ever (Superboy-Prime has Silver Age Superman levels of power making him practically a PhysicalGod while Connor is a HalfHumanHybrid who only recently manifested actual Krptonian powers having previously faked them with telekinesis).

[[folder:Fan Works]]
* In ''[[Fanfic/HarmonyAndValor It Sounds Better Than "Pity Date"]]'', Flash Sentry does this to one of the two thugs that were harassing Sci-Twi. He then proceeds to [[CurbStompBattle knock them around with little to no effort]].
* In ''Fanfic/FatesCollide'', Bazett effortlessly catches Yang's ''flaming'' punch, then punches her with her free hand and knocks Yang out.

[[folder:Films -- Animation]]
* In ''WesternAnimation/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/KungFuPanda'':
** 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).
** In ''WesternAnimation/KungFuPanda2'', Tigress catches Po headbutting the boat's mast in frustration, so she 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.
* Done by ComicBook/{{Brainiac}} to one of Superman's punches in ''WesternAnimation/SupermanUnbound''. Later in the film, Superman returns the favor.
* In ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyEquestriaGirlsRainbowRocks'', Rainbow Dash gets a little carried away while showing off her karate moves. Applejack catches a wild punch from her. Keep in mind this is about [[WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyEquestriaGirlsFriendshipGames two]] [[WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyEquestriaGirlsLegendOfEverfree movies]] before Applejack gains SuperStrength as her unique magic power.
* ''WesternAnimation/StrangeMagic'': After getting sucker-punched by Marianne despite her being held back by three of his goblin minions, the Bog King expects and catches her second attempt.

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* In ''Film/BackToTheFuturePartII'', Biff's grandson Griff 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. [[CombatPragmatist Marty]] settles for [[GroinAttack kicking Griff in the nuts]] instead.
* Franchise/MarvelCinematicUniverse:
** Played with in the ''Film/CaptainAmericaTheFirstAvenger''. After Cap knocks down the ComicBook/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 realizes the Red Skull is a SuperSoldier like himself.
** ''Film/{{The Avengers|2012}}'':
*** 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.
*** During their initial fight, Thor catches Iron Man's fist, [[SubvertedTrope but then promptly gets]] [[HandBlast repulsor blasted]] [[SubvertedTrope in the face.]]
** ''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 it gives him an OhCrap reaction.
** In ''Film/AvengersAgeOfUltron'', Iron Man [[SubvertedTrope subverts the trope yet again]]: The Hulkbuster armor's fist is capable of transforming into a ring clamp if a Punch Catch occurs.
** ''Film/CaptainAmericaCivilWar'':
*** Captain America catches Winter Soldier's punch using both hands. However, Winter Soldier simply extends his arm and it launches Cap down an elevator shaft.
*** Spider-Man catches a punch from Bucky / Winter Soldier, and takes the time to geek out over his metal arm, holding him in place effortlessly.
*** Iron Man catches Captain America's punch thanks to a program of his armor.
* 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 fight, he is stopped so dead, Bane forces him to punch himself in the face. The second fight, 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. Originally this was planned as a recurring motif in the film - Morpheus would do it to Neo, Agent Smith would do it to Morpheus, and so on. This was replaced with the BringIt hand gesture.
* ''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.
* Initiated by the Green Goblin in ''Film/SpiderMan1'' against the title character, with a badass one-liner to boot.
-->'''Green Goblin:''' Impressive! (''kicks Spidey through two display tables and into a lamp-post'')
* In ''Film/HotFuzz'', [[BigBad Simon Skinner]] catches [[TheHero Nicholas Angel's]] fist and crushes it. A few seconds later, Angel returns the favor.
* In ''Film/KungFuHustle,'' [[ArrogantKungFuGuy The Beast]] combines this with the NoSell to demonstrate just how powerful and skilled he is compared to the Landlord & Landlady, first by performing a ''foot catch'' on Landlady's table-shattering kick, and then by catching and twisting Landlord's arm with enough force to rip his shirt sleeve to shreds, and then doing the same to a length of wood Landlady tried to jab into his face, twisting it to splinters.
* ''Film/DCExtendedUniverse'':
** ''Film/ManOfSteel'': General Zod catches Superman's punch and immediately retaliates with an uppercut of his own.
** ''Film/BatmanVSupermanDawnOfJustice'': Superman catches Doomsday's punch and twists his arm. Since Doomsday is so huge, he has to use both hands to do it.
* ''Film/XMenApocalypse'': En Sabah Nur does this to both Quicksilver and Professor X in the physical world and on the astral plane, respectively. Apocalypse then twists Peter's arm, and he ''crushes'' Xavier's fist.
* ''Film/FrightNight1985''. Charlie, Amy and the vampire Jerry Dandrige are at a nightclub, with Jerry trying to seduce Amy. Charlie tries to punch Jerry but Jerry catches Charlie's hand.
* In ''Film/{{Deadpool 2016}}'', Angel Dust does one to Colossus and crushes his hand as well, while earlier no-selling a few punches from him. This shows just how powerful Angel Dust really is.
* The director's cut of ''Film/{{Watchmen}}'' shows the death of Hollis Mason from a gang of street thugs who bust into his house. Hollis does this trope to the first man who throws a punch at him, [[BadassGrandpa making it look as it he'll fight them off]]. But there are too many thugs and Hollis is no longer in his prime, [[RealityEnsues so eventually they get the better of him]].
* ''Franchise/JamesBond'':
** ''Film/GoldenEye''. After Boris got into a fight with Natalya at the Janus Base in Cuba, he walks towards her after the guards restrain her and says "Don't ''ever'', do that again!" which Natalya replies with "This is not one of your games Boris, ''real'' people will ''die''! You pathetic little worm!". Boris tries to punch her out of anger, but Alec Trevelyan catches his arm just in time and orders him to check the computer to see if she did anything that would stop their plan.
** ''Film/NeverSayNeverAgain''. During the fight between Bond and the SPECTRE assassin at Shrublands, Bond throws a punch at the assassin and the assassin calmly grabs Bond's fist, demonstrating his tremendous strength.

* [[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.
* In ''Literature/{{Citadel}}'', when Duncan challenged [[TheJuggernaut Coach Achala]], Achala caught one of his punches and Duncan's whole arm broke.

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* ''Series/{{Smallville}}'':
** Clark does it many times, even against Kara and Zod.
** [[spoiler:Also against Oliver / ComicBook/{{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]].
** Warren does it while under the influence of orbs that give him super strength, and breaks the guy's hand.
* 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 [[UsefulNotes/{{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]].
* ''Series/{{The Flash|2014}}'': In the episode "Grodd Lives", the Flash tries to sucker-punch Grodd with a super-sonic punch starting 5 miles away. Unfortunately Grodd senses the Flash's intentions and charges in to grab the punch and hurl Flash away.
* ''Series/StarTrekVoyager''. Tuvok does this in "Rise" when one of the other illogical humanoids questions his right to give orders. As he's stronger than he looks, Tuvok then squeezes the fist just enough to cause pain, though not to cripple (which would be illogical). He does it again during his BattleInTheCenterOfTheMind in "Random Thoughts". As YourMindMakesItReal, his opponent feels the sensation physically; as he's an AssholeVictim, Tuvok doesn't stop until he collapses.
* ''Series/{{Lucifer}}''. Lucifer catches Amenadiel's fist at the start of their fight in "[=#TeamLucifer=]". When he does so, [[EmpathicEnvironment the room shakes]].
* Teal'c did this in an early episode of Stargate SG-1.
* In ''Series/{{Preacher}}'', The Saint of Killers easily does this to Jesse.

[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* The ''TabletopGame/MagicTheGathering'' card [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=386516 Deflecting Palm]] depicts this.

[[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 he's become after being reborn.
* Asura from ''VideoGame/AsurasWrath'' does 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: Alister]] 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.
* Kyuu does this in Chapter 7 of ''VideoGame/RakenzarnTales'' when the weaker Samuel tries a sneak attack. It also serves to show how Kyuu has gotten more skilled over the game in comparison to how he was winded from the tutorial at the start.
* ''Videogame/DwarfFortress'': Adventurers can do this, and not just with their hands, if they spot the enemy is about to throw a punch and grab the attacker's hand, interrupting the attack. It works with other attacks and their corresponding body parts as well, leading to foot, horn and beak catches among others. Remarkably, this is a very necessary part to one of the most lethal techniques in the fandom's FantasticFightingStyle, as having their fist in your hand makes it a cinch to put it in a lock and snap their wrist in two.
* In ''VideoGame/{{Vindictus}}'', this is [[TheBigGuy Karok's]] signature anti-boss move Clash. He catches the boss's incoming blow, forces it back, then throws them off-balance and hits them back. It doesn't matter what they wield, as long as it's a melee attack, but the downside is that he can only do it when the boss tries a smash move on him.

[[folder:Web Animation]]
* ''WebAnimation/DeathBattle'':
** In the first "Goku vs. Superman" fight, Goku does this on Supes when revealing his SuperMode. Superman returned the favor by catching Goku's power pole.
** Quicksilver catches Flash's punch and then swings him around by his arm.
** Hulk and Doomsday do this to each other.
* ''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.
* Also from ''Creator/RoosterTeeth'', in ''WebAnimation/{{RWBY}}'', the team is up against a MiniMecha, and after taking a few blows it tries to punch the BigGuy of the team, Yang. This doesn't work out very well at all, as she catches the fist and then explodes the mech's arm with her rebuttal. During the Season 5 "Yang Trailer", an Ursa ''attempts'' to do this against Yang, but she is so strong that its arm explodes.

[[folder:Web Comics]]
* A variation in ''Webcomic/{{Break}}'', where the catcher also uses his other arm to secure the attacker. Used against a [[ElementalPunch Ki punch]] as well just to show off a little more.
* 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.
* In ''Webcomic/LeagueOfSuperRedundantHeroes'', Mary-Sue the FlyingBrick can catch Apocalizard's fist [[http://superredundant.com/?comic=466-gesture casually and without looking]], despite the supervillain being two or three times her size.
* In ''Webcomic/ZebraGirl'', a vampire combines this with BadassBack for extra superiority, [[http://www.zebragirl.thecomicseries.com/comics/735 catching Sam's punch without even looking]]. Subverted immediately afterwards - [[spoiler:[[ChekhovsGun Sam's gloves]] are a [[http://www.zebragirl.thecomicseries.com/comics/663/ religious symbol]]]].

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* In ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitans'' episode "Apprentice", Robin tries to punch Slade who just catches it with his hand.
* Robin himself does in the ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries'' episode "Robin's Reckoning" to Zucco, and then proceeds to give the mobster the beating of his life. Batman barely shows up in time to prevent his sidekick from killing the man.
* ''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.
* ''WesternAnimation/SupermanTheAnimatedSeries'':
** During the final fight, ComicBook/{{Darkseid}} catches one of Superman's punches after Superman hits him a few times. He crushes Superman's fist until Superman punches him away with his other hand.
--->'''Darkseid:''' [[WhoDares You DARE strike me?!?]]
** When Superman's drained powers start to return in "Solar Power", Luminus makes a last-ditch attack on him. He gets a few punches in, and then Superman recovers enough to catch his fist and [[CrushingHandshake painfully squeeze it]] moments before decking him.
* 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/TheAvengersEarthsMightiestHeroes''.
* 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.
* ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague'':
** In "Tabula Rasa", Amazo catches Superman's fist, but then Superman immediately headbutts him.
** In "Kid's Stuff", Superman catches Blockbuster's fist and makes him punch himself in the face.
** In "Wake the Dead", Solomon Grundy catches Superman's fist and crushes his hand.
* In ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'', Peter tries to punch Creator/LiamNeeson, who catches and crushes Peter's fist. Peter then follows up with his other fist and Neeson does it again.
* ''WesternAnimation/SamuraiJack'':
** In "Jack vs Mad Jack", a monkey-like bounty hunter catches Jack's punch and gloats, but Jack simply kicks him.
** In "The Good, The Bad, And The Beautiful", Zeke catches Jack's punch and painfully squeezes his hand, then punches him several times with his other hand.

[[folder:Real Life]]
* In actual combat, catching an opponent's punch would be 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. If you've got the reflexes to catch a punch, 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 to instead catch the ''wrist'' of the punching hand and pull 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 se, it sure does ''look'' a lot like this.