->''"Now, now, [[MirrorMatch perfectly symmetrical violence]] never solved anything."''
-->-- '''Professor Farnsworth''', ''{{Futurama}}''

You and your [[TheRival rival]] get yourselves into a fist fight. You each throw a punch simultaneously and, through some wild fluke, strike one another squarely on each others' fists. What happens?

In RealLife, of course, the result would be two broken hands and the fight would end in a draw. In anime, video games, and other heavily stylized works, on the other hand, the punches cancel one another out and [[BlockingStopsAllDamage both parties are unharmed]]. In fact, one or both parties probably did this ''on purpose''. This is a PunchParry. It may be justified if both punchers have NighInvulnerability or InvulnerableKnuckles, but more often than not the only explanation is the RuleOfCool.

Often results from FearfulSymmetry if two identical combatants are attacking each other. If done several times in rapid succession, may overlap with RapidFireFisticuffs. Compare with CrossCounter and PummelDuel (The RapidFireFisticuffs variant). See also BladeLock. Not to be confused with [[HandshakeSubstitute fistbumping]]. Can sometimes result in a KungFuSonicBoom if the two opponents are of equal SuperStrength.



[[folder: Anime and Manga ]]

* ''Anime/{{The Big O}}''. Occurs during the fight between Big O and Big Duo in episode #24.
* Happens all the time on ''DragonballZ''. Justified in that all major characters are at the level of NighInvulnerability.
* Occasionally shows up in ''OnePiece'', most notably in the Luffy vs. Rob Lucci fight. Justified for Luffy because his bones are made of rubber and thus virtually unbreakable.
* In the ''VideoGame/StreetFighterIII'' manga, Ryu does this to Dudley.
** Although in that case, [[spoiler: Ryu completely broke Dudley's arm]].
* ''GGundam'' loves doing this one, especially whenever Domon and Master Asia fought.
* Happens in ''Anime/DigimonSavers'' between Masaru and Kouki.
* ''Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventure'' is the TropeCodifier for most japanese media, usually in reference to the final battle between Dio and Jotaro. This example and subsequent homages overlap with RapidFireFisticuffs.
* In ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'', Sakura and Ino do this during their Chuunin Exam fight.
* ''Manga/{{Bleach}}''. In anime episode #12 Chad and a Hollow swing at each other and hit each others' fist. In a variation, the Hollow has its arm ripped off.
** When he tries this again much later, near the beginning of the Arrancar Arc, [[TheWorfEffect his arm]] [[CantCatchUp is the one that's smashed]].
** Also, might be justified in the fact that his punches fire a beam of energy as well as deal physical damage. Thus that might have been what caused the damage, rather than the punch itself.
* In ''SakigakeOtokojuku'', the main character, Momotaro, does this on purpose, and it's sold by the bystanders as his big-time secret technique. Its net effect is to disable the opponent's fist. It works great. Momo's EvilMentor Senpai, Date Omito, uses something almost like this against a guy who attacks with his fingers, with the twist that his fingers are so strong that fist vs. fingers is an even match (his fingers are so strong that Date accounts for "overtraining" as one his opponent's weaknesses.) This leads to the great moment of Date's opponent doing RapidFireFisticuffs with his thumbs.
* Subverted when Bean Bandit does one of these to an impostor in ''GunsmithCats''. The impostor ends up with compound open fractures in his hand. Bean ends up looking absolutely badass.
** Best part? Bean points out that the impostor is used to having his hands protected by boxing gloves, and he felt the bones in the guy's knuckles crack when he took a shot to the jaw. He's been bare-knuckle fistfighting his entire life, and [[InvulnerableKnuckles his hands are exponentially more durable]].
* This happens in the final fight of ''TengenToppaGurrenLagann'''s first arc- between giant robots, so it's justified. Then Gurren Lagann produces some drills and wrecks up Lazengann's hand anyway.
* Happens frequently in TransformersCybertron to represent a direct confrontation of sheer power, but the final battle between [[spoiler: Galvatron and Starscream]] takes it UpToEleven, with massive {{Battle Aura}}s on both sides and a SphereOfDestruction sufficient to [[{{EarthShatteringKaboom}} destroy a SMALL planet]] where their fists meet.
* Subaru and Ginga from ''Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanohaStrikerS'' do this. It's justified as both of them are wielding PoweredArmor gauntlets. [[spoiler:The fact that they're both literally MadeOfIron also helps.]]
* In the ''Anime/FullmetalAlchemist'' anime, the super-muscular Major Armstrong does this to a ''giant fist made out of stone!'' True, he was wearing a metal gauntlet, but even so, [[CharlesAtlasSuperpower his punch actually manages to stop the stone fist (which is easily the size of his entire body) in its tracks]]. The force of their fists colliding is so great that [[ClothingDamage Armstrong's shirt is blown completely to shreds by the shockwave]].
* Variation: In ''GrapplerBaki'', Baki fights Hanayama, who has such gripping power that his large fists are extremely hard and destructive. So Baki aims for a punch parry where he first crushes Hanayama's pinky, making his foe unable to use an effective punch.
* ''Anime/GhostInTheShellArise''. Motoko does this while fighting a cyborg armed with an ArmCannon, which successfully deactivates the weapon.
* The Doma arc ''Anime/YuGiOh'' introduces Valon, who wears Armor monsters when he duels so he can pummel his opponents. Jounouchi conjures his own suit of battle armor, revives one of Valon's gauntlets and infuses it with with his own arc-themed superpowered card. Both duelists leap headlong into this trope, and the resultant shockwave is visible from several blocks away. [[spoiler: Jounouchi destroys all of Valon's armor and wins.]]


[[folder: Film ]]

* Wolverine does this in a cage match in ''Film/XMen1'', on purpose no less. Justified because he has an [[NighInvulnerability adamantium skeleton]], so instead of bone meeting bone, it's more like bone meets a solid wall. The contender is every bit as injured as he should be.
* In a bizarre variation, when two boxing gloves do this in [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bN-SShi58cI&feature=related the trailer]] to ''RockyIV'', they [[StuffBlowingUp explode.]]
* Happens between Hellboy and Mr. Wink in ''{{Film/Hellboy}} II: The Golden Army''. Justified since Hellboy's hand is made of extremely tough stone and Wink's is metal. Wink breaks his fist in the attempt.
* In ''ItsAMadMadMadMadWorld'' Russel and Hawthorne do this when they get into a scuffle. In a note of realism, it clearly hurts ''a lot''.
* ''TheMatrix'': Smith and Morpheus' first fight.
* ''Film/SpeedRacer'': Racer X versus his ninja. Twice. In one shot. (The Wachowskis love this trope.)
* ''Film/KungFuHustle'' invokes this during the fight between the musicians and the Landlord, by way of DeadlyDodging to make the two musicians hit each other. They end up both hurting their hands very badly.


[[folder: Live Action TV ]]

* ''Series/{{Angel}}''. While in a comical BarBrawl with some Italian thugs, Spike hits Angel, causing the two long-time rivals to start pounding on each other while [[SoundtrackDissonance "Take Me in Your Arms" is sung by Dean Martin]] -- until they accidentally punch each other's fists and the fight comes to a painful halt.


[[folder: Professional Wrestling ]]

* Wrestling/{{Melina}} Perez and Wrestling/{{Layla}} discovered this trope while feuding on Smackdown and ''Wrestling/{{WWE}} Super Stars'' when they both tried to kick each other in the head at the same time and accidentally knocked shins. Perplexed, they tried to kick each other two more times before Melina just let Layla whiff and then kicked her. In the next match where they accidentally blocked kicks, Layla immediately slapped Melina. (Wrestling/LowKi and Wrestling/AJStyles had a similar spot in AJ's Wrestling/RingOfHonor debut but in that case they knocked ''ankles'', [[AgonyOfTheFeet leaving them both hobbling in pain]])


[[folder: Theme Parks ]]

* In the ''Marvel Super Heroes 4D'' show at Madame Tussauds is London, this happens when the Hulk and a giant robot swing blows at each other. The robot comes off the worse out of the exchange.


[[folder: Video Games ]]

* [[AsurasWrath Asura]] and [[OldMaster Augus]] perform this twice during their fight on the moon, right before getting right back into it at PummelDuel level. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=xuBqEiV4F7E#t=125s As demonstrated here]].
* Happens between [[ArrogantKungFuGuy Paul]] and [[HollywoodCyborg Bryan]] in the ''{{Tekken}} 6'' opening, resulting in a KungFuSonicBoom.
* Happens in the [[PressXToNotDie Quick Time Events]] of the final boss of MadWorld [[spoiler: The Black Baron]], [[spoiler: Please stop starin'!]], which takes place in a boxing ring elevated miles above the city and boy is it [[{{HSQ}} AWESOME]].
* Parrying is a gameplay mechanic in ''VideoGame/StreetFighterIII''. Only some of them are Punch Parries though, others are more sensible parries, and a couple are {{No Sell}}s.
* The ''SoulSeries'' has this as a gameplay mechanic, although with weapons instead of fists; if two attacks of the same type and height hit each other, the weapons will clang and nothing will happen. Quasi-realistic in that it doesn't work with kicks/body contact moves.
* Slightly subverted in ''InjusticeGodsAmongUs''. During a clash, both players must bet their super meter. If they both bet the same amount, the punches cancel. If one bets more, they win the clash.


[[folder: Web Comics ]]

* In ''Webcomic/TheFancyAdventuresOfJackCannon'', Jack and Max do this unintentionally in a fight. Which leads to both of them clutching their fists and screaming in pain. Max, being [[CrazyAwesome Max]], celebrates this as "the best fist bump ever".
* ''WebComic/DragonBallMultiverse'': Done during the fight between Vegito and Broly.


[[folder: Web Original ]]

* This happens with a couple of characters in the ''WebVideo/TGWTGYearOneBrawl''.


[[folder: Western Animation ]]

* Bender does this with his [[{{Doppelganger}} "evil" twin]] Flexo in ''{{Futurama}}'', but all they accomplish is hurting their hands. The page quote refers to an incident where Leela attempted to fight her alternate universe counterpart, [[InsaneTrollLogic reasoning that she knew her double's moves and thus had the advantage]]. Both Leelas perform a jump kick and end up running into each other full speed.
* Happens approximately halfway through the battle between Superman and Doomsday in ''SupermanDoomsday''.
* {{Popeye}} and Bluto would do this all the time.
* Roadblock and Heavy Duty do this in ''GIJoeRenegades''. Both immediately recoil in pain.
* In one episode of ''QuackPack'', Huey, Dewey and Louie get superpowers, and their team salute is to punch their fists together in a triangle. At the end of the episode they lose their powers, and try to do the gesture again. It's much more painful without powers.