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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 or at very least ''very'' bruised hands/knuckles 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. If both combatants have SuperStrength, expect to see a shockwave / hear a sonic boom when their fists meet.

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/TheBigO''. Occurs during the fight between Big O and Big Duo in episode #24.
* Happens all the time on ''Anime/DragonballZ''. Justified in that all major characters are at the level of NighInvulnerability.
** Taken to its logical extreme in ''Anime/DragonBallSuper'', where Beerus and God!Goku PunchParry so hard they nearly destroy the universe.
* Occasionally shows up in ''Manga/OnePiece'', most notably in the Luffy vs. Rob Lucci fight. Justified for Luffy because his bones are made of rubber and thus virtually unbreakable.
** When Luffy confronts a mirrored version of him in Whole Cake Island, their entire fight consists of this as the mirror duplicate always perfectly reflects Luffy's moves.
* In the ''VideoGame/StreetFighterIII'' manga, Ryu does this to Dudley. Although in that case, [[spoiler: Ryu completely broke Dudley's arm]].
* ''Anime/MobileFighterGGundam'' loves doing this one, especially whenever Domon and Master Asia fought.
* ''Anime/GundamBuildFighters'' does this quite a few times:
** The battle between Nils and Sei/Reiji, since due to CombatBreakdown they've been reduced to supercharged punch attacks. It's every bit as awesome as it sounds.
** Again, due to combat breakdown, the battle between Fellini and Sei/Reiji ends with a DoubleKnockout and both the Wing Fenice and the Star Build Strike disabled. If anything, this entire battle is even more awesome than the one against Nils.
** Happens ''again'' '''twice''' in the bonus OVA "GM's Counterattack,'' first with the Star Burning Gundam going fist to fist with the [[spoiler:Psyco GM]], then again at the end of the episode when [[spoiler:Reiji takes control of the Star Burning to battle Sei in his Build Strike Cosmos, giving them the fight they'd promised each other]].
* 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.
* ''Manga/{{Naruto}}''
** Sakura and Ino do this during their Chuunin Exam fight.
** In the final battle between [[spoiler: Naruto and Sasuke, the two perform this in their titanic Tailed Beast Mode and Susanoo forms respectively. Unusually for this trope, RealityEnsues, as the impact ''destroys both arms.'']]
* ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'':
** In episode #12 of the anime, Chad and a Hollow swing at each other and hit each others' fist. In a variation, the Hollow has its arm ripped off.
** When Chad 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 ''Manga/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 ''Manga/GunsmithCats''. Bean ends up looking absolutely badass - the impostor ends up with a fistful of compound fractures ''[[BodyHorror sticking out of his hand]].''
** 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 ''Anime/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 ''Anime/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 ''Manga/BakiTheGrappler'', 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.]]
* ''Manga/MyHeroAcademia'' has this between All Might and Noumu, which not only creates a shockwave that nearly blows everyone away, but lets All Might realize that Noumu's quirk was shock ''absorption'', not ''nullification'', thus, there was a limit to how much abuse Noumu could take before All Might could completely overwhelm him.
* ''TekkenBloodVengeance'' tried to up the ante on this by making it three-way between [[WellIntentionedExtremist Jin]], [[NobleDemon Kazuya]], and [[CardCarryingVillain Heihachi]] Mishima, causing a massive shockwave. Though, for three people's fists to meet in the center, at the same time, doesn't make a whole lot of sense. They would have to be either ''trying'' to meet in the center, aiming for thin air for some reason, or just being uniquely indecisive about who they want to punch most. To be fair, all of these are actually possible in context.

* Bud Spencer's character "Hippo" Tom in ''I'm for the Hippopotamus'' does that in his first fight on screen, with the mook being the one the worse for the wear.
* ComicBook/{{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 ''Film/RockyIV'', they [[StuffBlowingUp explode.]]
* Happens between Hellboy and Mr. Wink in ''Film/HellboyIITheGoldenArmy''. Justified since Hellboy's hand is made of extremely tough stone and Wink's is metal. Despite them both being superhumans, RealityEnsues as Wink breaks his metal fingers in the attempt while Hellboy's hand is bruised.
* In ''Film/ItsAMadMadMadMadWorld'' Russel and Hawthorne do this when they get into a scuffle. In a note of realism, it clearly hurts ''a lot''.
* ''Film/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.
* In ''Film/AvengersAgeOfUltron'', this happens between [[ComicBook/IncredibleHulk the Hulk]] and ComicBook/IronMan (With the latter using the [[MetaMecha Hulkbuster/Veronica armor]]). The shockwave of their punches clashing is strong enough to shatter glass windows and even push around civilians that are near the fight. Both Tony and Bruce seem unaffected but, given who [[PoweredArmor they]] [[MadeOfIron are]], it's justified.
* In IronMan3, Iron Man and the Extremis-powered Aldrich Killian does this move, and Killian's arm breaks, but his HealingFactor swiftly repairs the damage

[[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]]. Kenny Omega and one of Wrestling/TheYoungBucks had once tried to super kick each other, resulting in their legs getting tangled up and each hopping around trying not to lose balance, which ended up being Omega when the other Jackson then kicked him in the head.
* On the 37th episode of ROH TV, Kenny King and Cedric Alexander, having come to a stalemate in grappling, put tried spinning heel kicks at once. The former thought it was funny.

* 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.

* Some fighting games (such as VideoGame/SuperSmashBros and VideoGame/GuiltyGear) have a "clash" mechanic which effectively amounts to a PunchParry.
* In ''VideoGame/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.]] [[spoiler:Asura also does this to counter Chakravartin the Creator's punch after he stops time (Which initiates a QTE).]]
* Happens between [[ArrogantKungFuGuy Paul]]'s Phoenix Smasher and [[HollywoodCyborg Bryan]]'s Mach Breaker in the ''VideoGame/{{Tekken}} 6'' opening, resulting in a KungFuSonicBoom.
* Happens in the [[PressXToNotDie Quick Time Events]] of the final boss of ''VideoGame/MadWorld'' [[spoiler:The Black Baron. Please stop starin'!]], which takes place in a boxing ring elevated miles above the city and boy is it [[{{HSQ}} AWESOME]].
* ''Franchise/StreetFighter''
** 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.
** In the opening cinematic of ''VideoGame/StreetFighterIV'' Ken and Ryu perform one of these.
* The ''VideoGame/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 ''VideoGame/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.
* Under the name of "Reflect Attack", ''VideoGame/AkatsukiBlitzkampf'' also features parries as a general mechanic. Again, not all of these are punch ones; i.,e, Sai [[RuleOfCool just shrugs and raises his hand]] while Mycale summons a {{Valkyrie|s}} with [[LuckilyMyShieldWillProtectMe a shield]].
* In ''VideoGame/MarioAndLuigiBowsersInsideStory'', the counter to the final bosses' punching attack has Bowser do this. The fact that this generates a shockwave (which hurts neither combatant) indicates just how strong both of them are.
* ''VideoGame/{{Bayonetta}}'' and [[EvilCounterpart Jeanne]] do this in their last fight of the game, but not just with their own fists. Each punch is accompanied by their respective contracted demoness' giant fists clashing above them, until the player messes up or completes the quicktime event, at which point one of the two will fail to block and get flattened by a literally huge punch.
* The opening of ''VideoGame/BlazBlueCentralFiction'' climaxes with [[BigBad Terumi]] and [[TheHero Ragna]] throwing a punch at each other, which forms the title.
* Done at least once during the climax of ''VideoGame/Yakuza4'', where succeeding in the QTE causes your character to punch hard enough to break your opponent's hand. It would seem over the top in any other gritty crime drama, but given that it's part of an elaborate fight sequence between various men on a skyscraper surrounded by raining money, it fights right in.

* 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.

* This happens with a couple of characters in the ''WebVideo/TGWTGYearOneBrawl''.
* In season 3 of ''WebAnimation/{{RWBY}}'' Arslan Altan and Yang Xiao Long do this during the Vytal Festival Tournament. {{Justified}} since any damage they would have taken would have simply affected their [[SoulPower Aura]] instead of their hands.
* The ''WebAnimation/DeathBattle'' match between [[Franchise/StreetFighter Balrog]] and [[VideoGame/KillerInstinct TJ Combo]] has the two engaging in several such exchanges during their boxing-turned-deathmatch. Being [[SuperStrength who]] [[SuperToughness they]] [[CharlesAtlasSuperpower are]], their blows start ''breaking the stage under their feet''.

* Bender does this with his [[{{Doppelganger}} "evil" twin]] Flexo in ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'', but all they accomplish is hurting their hands.
* Happens approximately halfway through the battle between Superman and Doomsday in ''WesternAnimation/SupermanDoomsday''.
* In ''ComicStrip/{{Popeye}}'', the titular character and Bluto would do this all the time.
* Roadblock and Heavy Duty do this in ''WesternAnimation/GIJoeRenegades''. Both immediately recoil in pain.
* In one episode of ''WesternAnimation/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.
* ''WesternAnimation/StarWarsTheCloneWars'': during the fight between Rush Clovis and Anakin Skywalker, one of these happens. Clovis, however, is the only one to recoil in pain: Anakin had used his artificial hand.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheAmazingWorldOfGumball'': Happens in "The Copycats", between Nicole Watterson and the mother of the copycat family.

[[folder:Real Life]]
* Children in the USA play a game called "bloody knuckles", where they punch each other in their fists. The loser is the first one to get bloody knuckles. The lighter version is "whoever gives up first". It's a lot harder to play when you play with a kid with little muscle on his/her knuckles as while there's less skin and muscle protecting it there's a lot more bone to strike with.