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[[caption-width-right:350:Or, if you're watching the TropeMaker, "[[GratuitousEnglish ROKETTO PANCHI!]]"]]

->''"Suck on my missile punch!"''
-->--'''President Michael Wilson''', ''VideoGame/MetalWolfChaos''

The HumongousMecha isn't so much a speculation of practical weapon design as a convenient visual metaphor for the character(s) who pilot it. Steed, sword, and shining armor in one unified package. Extending that metaphor, it may be more satisfying if the hero's final blow for justice is dealt with "his" own right hand across the villain's jaw.

Problem: Said villain is half a mile away, and flying.

Solution: Fire your forearm like a missile!

Problem solved. Don't forget to [[CallingYourAttacks tell everyone what you're doing]], though. And be sure you don't miss; large-scale {{Rocket Punch}}es tend not to have retrieval mechanisms.

THE most famous SuperRobot weapon, even more so than [[ThisIsADrill drills]]. So much so that many old SuperRobot toys would include a firing-fist gimmick even if the actual show never used it.

SubTrope of RocketPoweredWeapon.
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!!Examples:

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[[folder:TropeMaker]]
* ''Anime/MazingerZ'' is, of course, the [[TropeMakers Trope Maker]] here, including it in almost all the incarnations of the ''{{Mazinger}}'' franchise. Depending on the iteration, the arm would come back on its own, or he'd have to pick it up. The standard rocket punch is eventually upgraded to the Kyoukagata Rocket Punch ("Reinforced Rocket Punch"), consisting of identical fists with stronger armor. Mazinger Z possess a technique called Daisharin Rocket Punch ("Giant Swing Rocket Punch") in which it spins its arms rapidly, building up momentum before firing off both fists in standard Rocket Punch fashion. Mazinger Z also once used a technique called "Boomerang Fist", in which the rocket punch was attached to the upper arm with a retractable chain, and the "Iron Cutter", a Rocket Punch with blades extended on the sides of the forearms.
** Being a CombatPragmatist and quick-thinker, Kouji comes up with a ton of new uses on the fly... including pulling a GiantRobotHandsSaveLives once.
** A Mechanical Beast -Dian N4- was equipped with a Rocket Punch variant. Dian used its oversized, flying hands to grab, crush and lift things, or to deflect enemy fire. Another Beast, Genocyder F9, invoked the trope when it ripped its own arm off and hurled it at its target.
** UnbuiltTrope: The Mazinger's design also kept in mind several things later shows neglected: the mechanisms of launching AND retrieval were clearly visible, Mazinger was built to be able to use all of its other weapons even if it was missing its arms (hence, Kouji was not hindered when a {{Robeast}} picked up, disabled or shattered Mazinger's fists, which happened very often like you would expect), and Prof. Yumi ensured there always was at least a pair of Mazinger's spare fists in the Institute to launch at Mazinger in case Kouji needed them urgently.
** DeconstructedTrope: Ironically, the Trope Maker series also deconstructed the trope. In one episode, Boss cajoles Prof. Yumi's assistants to build him his own HumongousMecha (Boss Borot)... using junk. When he eagerly asked if Boss Borot will have a RocketPunch, Prof. Morimori's answer was: "Are you out of your mind? Your robot is made of SCRAP METAL. The fist would shatter upon impact."
** ''Anime/GreatMazinger'' has the Atomic Punch and adds spinning blades for the "Drill Pressure Punch", meaning it has the most and [[ThisIsADrill second-most ubiquitous Super Robot weapons]] in one.
** ... as does ''Anime/UFORoboGrendizer'' when using the "Screw Crusher Punch".
** ''Anime/{{Mazinkaiser}}'' uses the Turbo Smasher Punch.
** ''Manga/MazingerAngels'': The {{Fem Bot}}s of Sayaka and her team combine their traditional TorpedoTits attacks with the RocketPunch of the series where the characters piloting them were introduced (Sayaka's Aphrodite A combines its Photon Missiles with Iron Cutter, and so on). Minerva X is the exception, wielding a regular Rocket Punch.
** In ''Anime/ShinMazinger'', Mazinger Z [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5T9aBE153Xw can literally]] ''[[TransformingMecha transform into a fist]].''
*** More than halfway through the series, PhysicalGod Zeus (Yes, ''that'' Zeus) sees Mazinger Z pull off a RocketPunch and decides that it's so awesome that he should do it as well... By chucking [[GrievousHarmWithABody his own severed hand/forearm at an evil God]]. [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome It works]].
*** Kouji himself does the same thing in the ''ShinMazingerZero'' manga, ripping his arm off and throwing it as a projectile.
** As if the Big Bang Punch wasn't awesome enough, they manage to top themselves ''[[SerialEscalation again]]'' in the final episode. "Rocket Punch 100 Rapid Shots" is all that needs to be said. We're not sure whether that falls under RapidFireFisticuffs or MacrossMissileMassacre.
** ''MazinkaiserSKL'' has it, of course, but it also [[LampshadeHanging hangs a lampshade]] on their AwesomeButImpractical nature:
-->'''Ken Kaido:''' Yeah, it looks impressive, but I freaking hate having to wait for the damn things to come back!
** ''PandaZ'' (or ''Robonimal Panda Z: The Robonimation''): This 2004 series of super robot parody shorts features Panda-Z, a cute, teddy-bear-proportioned pastiche of Mazinger's design elements. It pushes the RocketPunch into a massive case of AwesomeButImpractical: The mecha has rocket fists that don't return on their own, leaving the question of how to reattach them to its pilot Pan-Taron, who, utterly mystified, stands there in his armless robot staring down at the fists on the ground as the sun sets. Day turns into night, and we find the robot and its pilot still incapable to resolve the situation. One can only assume that the Photonic Research Laboratories sent someone out to get him when he didn't come home.
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[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* Lampshaded in ''Manga/AhMyGoddess'', where Sigel's rocket punch is thwarted by a pair of scissors. Those fists might be tough, but the strings used to reel them back in aren't.
* In one ''AxisPowersHetalia'' strip, Sealand, who is [[TruthInTelevision literally made out of metal]], tells Japan how much he likes {{Sentai}} shows. Japan then teaches him how to turn into a HumongousMecha, complete with one of these.
** In a gloriously hilarious {{Deconstruction}}, ''it doesn't come back'', forcing the poor kid to call his ''target'' and beg for its return.
* ''Anime/TheBigO'': Big Fau uses its entire forearms as missiles in the GrandFinale. Since the MegaDeus robots in Big O have forearms that are about as big as their torsos, this would seem like a more formidable attack than the typical super robots'. Fortunately, since it's piloted by the BigBad, it fails, resulting in Big Fau being literally disarmed. The Big O itself [[AvertedTrope averts this]] with its "Sudden Impact" punch, though, which is as RocketPunch-y as you can get without actually being a Rocket Punch.
* In ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'', the science master Captain Mayuri has an internal mechanism in his arm that allowed him to launch it in an attempt to grab the fleeing Orihime.
** When it fails to return (on account of getting shot by Uryu), he cuts it off and regrows the arm.
* In the second season of ''Anime/CodeGeass'', Kallen's new and improved [[SuperPrototype Guren SEITEN]] is upgraded to fire its radiation wave arm at enemies while still remaining connected to the mecha through a cable.
** In the first episode, Kallen's Glasgow takes critical damage to one of its arms and she attempts a Rocket Punch by weaponizing the system that automatically purges useless limbs. Sadly, it doesn't work, but Jeremiah was impressed by the ingenuity of it.
** There are also slash harkens, bladed projectiles on wires that are equipped on practically every Knightmare Frame. The ones that get closest to being Rocket Punches are all incarnations of the Lancelot (mounted in its arm shields), Gawain and Galahad (all ten fingers) and the Shen-Hu (mounted in the forearms and explicitly based on the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rope_dart rope dart]]).
* ''{{Compiler}}'': In one story of this manga from KiaAsamiya, a humanoid robot appears that is a blatant ShoutOut to ''Anime/MazingerZ''. It has ALL its weapons (EyeBeams, ChestBlaster, missiles stored inside its midsection...), including a RocketPunch ([[AffectionateParody and even a Rocket Boot]]).
* ''Anime/DaiGuard'' pays homage to the idea in the first episode by having its robot team pick up and hurl their robots' disconnected arm like a javelin. Since Akagi is an AscendedFanboy that has wanted to pilot a Humongous Mecha his entire life (to the point of taking an otherwise useless college course to learn how to do it and spending years in a dead-end job just to be around the only one in existence), it is unsurprising he came up with the idea.
* ''The Daichis: Earth Defense Family'' combines this with the MacrossMissileMassacre with Dai's "Missile Punch" - the glove of his PoweredArmor sprouts several duplicates that [[{{Roboteching}} Robotech]] at the target.
* ''Anime/{{Dangaioh}}'''s Boost Knuckle is a PILOTED Rocket Punch. The TokenMiniMoe of the group ''really'' hates this maneuver.
* ''Manga/DragonBall'': In the anime version of Goku's fight with the [[GiantMook giant]] [[MechaMook android]] Major Metallitron, the latter uses one of these to attack the former..., who takes the full brunt of it. Ouch!
** Likewise, Android 16 in ''DragonballZ'' has this ability, and uses it against Cell. The trope isn't played quite straight, as the arm doesn't explode, and he has to grab it and reattach it after using the attack.
** This was Goku's killing blow on King Piccolo. [[LastDitchMove Having had his legs and one arm broken]], Goku propelled himself with a reverse Kamehameha, piercing through Piccolo with a MegatonPunch.
* ''Manga/DragonHalf'': One of the robots built by Rogue Fin's [[BigBad elder son]] is equiped with one. Parodied because the robot is so incompetently built that [[CallingYourAttacks it screams "Rocket Punch!"]] and shoots its head instead.
* Nana from ''ElfenLied'' is capable of doing this without any sort of machinery. She uses her diclonius abilities to literally launch her prosthetic arm at her opponent for a long range punch that is capable of covering about 4 meters in a fraction of a second.
* In one ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist'' {{omake}}, Winry installs a "rocket punch" function on Ed's Automail, and he accidentally shoots his arm off into the distance, resulting in her ''beating him up for losing her work''.
* ''Anime/{{Gaiking}}'': The original 1976 series had Gaiking equipped with a typical rocket punch titled the "Counter Punch".
** ''Anime/GaikingLegendOfDaikuMaryu'' discusses this trope: Daiya uses the "Puncher Grind" in his second fight only to find the fist isn't equipped to return on its own, and he has to recover it manually or by using Gaiking's Zector Hooks. In ''VideoGame/SuperRobotWarsK'', Daiya only uses the Hooks for a Dynamic Kill where he retrieves the fist, then punches the enemy with it and immediately fires it again.
*** [[spoiler: And one of the greatest upgrades the super-powered combined form Gaiking the Great gets? Rockets built into the arm to bring it back. He of course uses this to beat up and embarrass Proist during the initial fight.]]
* ''Anime/GaoGaiGar'': Broken Magnum was a combination of this trope and [[ThisIsADrill the other most notable Super Robot Weapon]], due to the high-RPM spinning of the fist. In GaoGaiGar's case, the fist pilots itself back to the main arm.
** Genesic GaoGaiGar is an unusual case, in that only the hand from the wrist down detaches from the rest of the arm.
* Kedo from ''GashBell'' has a couple of variants of this, including a rocket fist ''the size of a train''.
* ''Manga/GetterRobo'': Neo Getter Robo has the "Chain Knuckle", which as the name suggests, is a RocketPunch on a chain; inspired by Getter Robo Go, which had a normal Rocket Punch.
* One of the Tachikoma Omake episodes from the first ''GhostInTheShell'' TV series has one firing off a fist like a rocket, whilst saying the name of the trope, a second one beside him tries...and everything but his fist goes flying, the first one claims the second one is 'skillful'.
* An antagonistic version in ''GiantRobo'' The Day the Earth Stood Still with GR-2.
* Okita does his version of this to Hijikata in ''Manga/{{Gintama}}''.
* ''Anime/{{Gravion}}'' features another piloted rocket punch.
* ''Franchise/{{Gundam}}'':
** In ''[[Anime/MobileFighterGGundam G Gundam]]'', the Master Gundam has the Distant Crusher, which is a Rocket Punch on a wire (though it's more of a Rocket Stab, used with the hand positioned as if preparing for a handshake).
*** In ''Gigantis' Counterattack'' (a non-canon manga {{crossover}} between Franchise/{{Gundam}}'s Universal Century and ''Anime/SpaceRunawayIdeon''), the Mega Zeta has a [[AttackDrone psychically-controlled]] Rocket Punch; when [[CharsCounterattack Amuro]] first uses it, [[Anime/MobileSuitGundamZZ Judau]] is left wide-eyed and stunned.
** ''[[Anime/MobileSuitGundamSEEDDestiny Gundam SEED Destiny]]'''s Destroy has these in the form of two "Detachable Arms", which can either be used as {{Attack Drone}}s, or to invoke this trope. Judging by their size, they probably weigh more than the mobile suits they're launched at.
** ''Anime/MobileSuitZetaGundam'': Kamille gets his own Rocket Punch [[http://www.dra-mata.com/manga/4koma/old/a2-35.jpg in]] [[http://www.dra-mata.com/manga/4koma/old/a2-36.jpg these]] ''VideoGame/SuperRobotWars'' {{Yonkoma}} strips. Of course, ''[[Anime/MobileSuitGundam Amuro]]'', ''[[Anime/MobileSuitGundamZZ Judau]]'' and other mobile suit pilots instantly plead him equipping their mobile suits with them.
** ''Anime/TurnAGundam'' apparently couldn't resist including this either: Corin Nander equips his Kapool with one, as a one-shot custom weapon. It doesn't manage to accomplish much, though, since the one time it was used was against the NighInvulnerable Turn-X.
* In the ''Houshin Engi'' manga, Taikoubou loses an arm in battle and it gets replaced by an [[ArtificialLimbs artificial one]] with multiple abilities, the Rocket Punch being one of them.
* ''Anime/KotetsuJeeg'' -another GoNagai series- has two different versions: Dynamite Punch -the normal version- and Knuckle Bomber -the two-handed one-.
* In the mock battle of ''MagicalGirlLyricalNanohaVivid'', after getting far away from Corona's MightyGlacier of a {{Golem}}, [[KungFuWizard Rio]] and [[BlackMagicianGirl Lutecia]] starts double-teaming Caro thinking they're safe, until Corona's golem raises its arm and fires it at the two, complete with "ROCKET PUNCH!" command from its controller.
* Chachamaru does this to her creator in the ''MahouSenseiNegima'' manga after getting particularly flustered. As does the robot Tanaka in the TournamentArc. Both are attached to cables that can be used to quickly reel their arms back in.
** She also does it to Negi after he recover from his initial fight with Kagetaro.
** Earlier, during the battle with Evangeline, She Rocket ''Nose-flicks'' Asuna, who {{Cross Counter}}s with a flick of her own.
*** And now Negi's gotten into the act with a lightning-based version.
*** And now Dynamis too, with a shadow-based one. Kind of. He ''teleports'' his shadow hand and ''[[ImpaledWithExtremePrejudice impales]]'' Negi with it. And later in that fight, he ''[[SpamAttack spams]]'' it.
* The Aestivalis from ''Anime/MartianSuccessorNadesico'' could fire their fists, retracting them with the cables trailing back to the mecha. AscendedFanboy main character Akito sometimes refers to this as "Gekigan Punch" after the RocketPunch move used by his favorite anime SuperRobot, {{Gekiganger3}} (itself a none-too-subtle [[AffectionateParody pastiche]] of ''MazingerZ'', ''GetterRobo'', the ''Anime/RobotRomanceTrilogy'' and other series).
** Similarly, the Tetsujin used by the Jovians [[spoiler: even bigger Ascended Fanboys than Akito]] have Rocket Punch-like attacks.
* ''{{Medabots}}''. In the final battle against the BigBad, who is in a giant robot, Dr. Aki reveals a giant version of Metabee([[CrowningMomentOfFunny complete with a Medawatch that is the size of a belt]]) that Metabeee and several other Medabots hop in to pilot. One of the Giant Metabee's attacks? Rocket Punch. Gets [[LampshadeHanging lampshaded]] by Ikki, asking if Aki has a spare arm. Aki responds, moderately angrily, by saying "Reduce, Reuse, Recycle!" before the giant arm rocket propells itself back to the Giant Metabee.
* [[spoiler:The Asura Path body of Pain]] in ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'' can detach his fist and fire it with great force at enemies, with it partially fortified with chakra.
** Those stitches on Kakuzu's arms? Yeah, the technique isn't called [[strike:[[MobileSuitGundam Zeong]]]] [[ShoutOutThemeNaming Jiongu]] for nothing. Needless to say, MasashiKishimoto is a ''Franchise/{{Gundam}}'' fanboy.
* ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion'': In the remake, Unit 01 has one. Yes. Unit 01. It's a very special case involving [[GodModeSue haxmagic]] and an energy-based "replacement" arm, but it's a ''freaking rocket punch!''
** To be fair, the rocket in this case is ''Zeruel''. Still, when you can [[PunchedAcrossTheRoom launch an enemy for what has to be a couple of miles with your badass energy arm,]] no one is really looking for clarification any longer.
** Sachiel has the piston punch variant: The elbow spikes go through the arms and can be slammed into the target through the palms of the hands.
* ''Manga/OnePiece'' has the following characters:
** Franky (a cyborg), whose rocket-punch include a chain;
** Buggy has a somewhat similar move due to his Devil Fruit powers, that extend to every part of his body less feet;
** Both Akainu and Ace have a similar move - made of lava and fire respectively.
** In a mail, a reader suggested a new move for the protagonist: when he throws one of his elongated super-punch, the swordman Zoro cuts the arm. As the reader noted, "It works only twice". The author was not enthusiast of this idea.
* ''Anime/{{Patlabor}}'': In the first episode of the OVA, the villain knocks the right arm off Noa's beloved [[HumongousMecha Labor]] Alphonse. Her partner urges her to turn her grief into [[UnstoppableRage rage]] and strike back with the "fist of justice". She catches up with the crooks and flings ''her Labor's severed arm at them.'' Of course, since Noa IS an [[AscendedFanboy Ascended Fangirl]] loves HumongousMecha shows [[CallingYourAttacks she shouts,]] "[[ShoutOut ROCKETTO]] ''[[Anime/MazingerZ PUNCH!!"]]'' while doing this.
* ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'': Parodied in one episode where Pikachu ''seems'' to do this (shocking the onlookers)... until the cloud of smoke coming from the fist's wrist end is revealed to be Pikachu in a cloud of dust, having thrown itself bodily at the opponent.
** Pikachu did hit its opponent...trouble was, said opponent was a ''Hitmonchan'', who received little more than a bruise on its face and proceeded to KO the mouse when its own trainer showed up.
* The ''Anime/RobotRomanceTrilogy'' gives several variants:
** ''Anime/CombattlerV'' is equipped with Battle Guleggar (Combattler releases a chain with metal collar from the arms, used for grabbing opponents by the neck) and Magne Claw (Combattler's hands withdraw into its arms and its wrists shot a spiked, square projectile).
** ''Anime/VoltesV'', very similarly to ''Neo Manga/GetterRobo'', has the Chain Knuckle, a RocketPunch on a chain, but swapping the fist out for a nasty-looking mace.
** ''Anime/{{Daimos}}'' has the Daimos Chain Shark, two chains with a hook shoot from above Daimos' hands. They can be used to deal damage or to drag the enemy.
* In ''{{Scryed}}'', Kazuma's primary attack is a RocketPunch... only the fist doesn't detach, so... I guess it's more like a [[IncrediblyLamePun Rocket Man]]?
** In a different variation, we have [[spoiler:unrestrained Zetsui]]'s "Vigorous Fists", which are more like missiles.
* ''Anime/SouseiNoAquarion'': Mugen Punch. Not ''quite'' a Rocket Punch as Solar Aquarion's arm telescopically extends instead of detaching but it's capable of {{Roboteching}} and can ''[[CrowningMomentOfAwesome extend all the way up to the Moon]]'' in around fifty seconds, meaning that it covers around 7688 kilometers ''per second'' (over 2.5% the speed of light).
** ''Anime/AquarionEvol'' one-ups it with the Mugen Attack. It's basically the same attack, except it extends up into lunar orbit, [[{{Roboteching}} Robotechs]] around until it scores a hit then proceeds to '''[[HolyShitQuotient ORBIT THE EARTH TWICE BEFORE COMING BACK DOWN]]''' without ever detaching from Aquarion Evol or AE moving a single inch from where it's standing.
* ''Manga/SpaceAdventureCobra'': While not a HumongousMecha, the title hero of can eject his cyborg-prosthetic left fist (revealing a [[ArmCannon laser gun]]), which can come back on its own.
* ''Anime/TengenToppaGurrenLagann'': In the second movie, ''Lagann-hen'', the title mecha has a RocketPunch function on both of its hands (can fire several shots over and over).
** Similar to the ''Anime/ShinMazinger'' example above, Kamina snaps Simon out of a HeroicBSOD by throwing Gurren's severed forearm at Lagann. Not quite a "Rocket" punch, but the HUD on Lagann adds a starburst graphic as an allusion.
* God Ginrai in ''TransformersSuperGodMasterforce'' has one of these. Overlord has a similar weapon, but it's actually the front part of the Megajet.
* One of Vash's opponents in an early episode of ''{{Trigun}}'' has a rocket punch attack: Gofsef Nebraska, a 23 feels-tall cyborg mutant whose dad rides on his shoulder. His fist has a retractable cord, enabling him to bring it back and shoot it repeatedly. Vash takes it all in stride, though. He taunts the brute after one attack by scrawling graffiti onto the fist. He then proves his dominance by deflecting the fist in mid-flight by firing five precise shots at it.
* The OVA ''Z-Mind'' had a variation where the title mecha created a wormhole which it punched through. Ion-shooting arm at the enemy, while still connected to the Guren through a cable.
* ''Anime/GoLion'' has the Four Lion Attack (or 100-Ton Punch), which launches the lion heads that form its hands and feet at the enemy.
* ''LightNovel/HaiyoreNyarkoSan'': Nyarko [[ShoutOut performs]] Series/KamenRiderFourze's Rider Rocket Punch in episode 11 of the second TV series.
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[[folder:Comic Books]]
* In ''Comicbook/TheBigGuyAndRustyTheBoyRobot'', Big Guy sometimes uses explosive rocket punches, when he has a spare arm handy.
** Let's not forget, Rusty's "Hypersonic Kicks". Although the feet stay on, they are given really high momentum by the feet jets.
* Not rocket-powered, but DCComics has a couple of characters that use the same basic principle. GreenLantern Hal Jordan is famous for using his ring to create a giant boxing glove, and GreenArrow often uses boxing glove arrows. Cyborg has a for-some-reason detachable arm with a rocket in it, but never used it as such (only using the rocket to retrieve/move he arm for surveillance) in the ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitans'' animated series, but not in [[ComicBook/TeenTitans the original comics]]. ([[CanonImmigrant Yet]].)
** S.T.R.I.P.E. in ''JusticeLeague Unlimited'' uses this in the episode "Chaos at the Earth's Core.''
*** He uses it in his own book as well.
* {{Spiderman}} had a villain who later turned hero named "Rocket Racer" who had this via rocket powered gloves. They didn't detach though; he had mini missiles for ranged attacks.
* In an issue of ComicBook/{{Hellboy}}, he briefly fights a cyborg Nazi with robotic fists linked ot his forearms by chains. This character is soon killed off but probably inspired Mr. Wink in the second film (see below).
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[[folder:Film]]
* Series/{{Ultraman}}-ripoff Inframan in ''Film/TheSuperInframan'' receives a new weapon called "Thunderball Fists" before the final confrontation in his self-titled film. Two guesses what they do. Strangely, the original Ultraman didn't have a rocket punch, and isn't exactly a robot either.
* In the Creator/ArnoldSchwarzenegger film ''Jingle All the Way'' there is a parade based on a show themed after a Sentai show, where both the protagonist and antagonist steal (for some reason fully functional) outfits of the corresponding characters. The antagonist gets a rocket punch amongst his abilities, which surprises both of them when he uses it.
--> "TA TA, Turtleman!"
* What about ''Robot Jox''? Especially the climactic fight scene after our hero is ejected from his HumongousMecha. He proceeds on foot to hotwire the rocket fist from a fallen piece of his opponent, defeating the enemy mech with ''[[CrowningMomentofAwesome its own severed arm.]]''
* And let's not forget the fist bazooka in ''HotShots: Part Deux''.
* A troll called Mister Wink in Guillermo del Toro's ''HellboyII: The Golden Army'' has a prosthetic metal hand that he can fire and call back using a chain and the hand's ability to crawl with its fingers.
* The [[MechanicalMonster Omnidroid 6000]] from ''WesternAnimation/TheIncredibles'' could fire its appendages off on rockets, with the claws pressed together like a huge spear.
* [[HumongousMecha Megamegamind]] in the ''WesternAnimation/{{Megamind}}: The Button of Doom'' short can fire its arm at the target, which then flies back and re-attaches itself.
* ''Film/PacificRim'' features some more realistic examples:
** Gipsy Danger literally has giant thrusters in its elbows to add extra force to its punches. It uses them to deliver one ''hell'' of a sucker punch to Leatherback, one of the ''kaiju'' attacking Hong Kong.
** Cherno Alpha has Tesla-coil infused fists that give it ''electro-punches''.
* In the documentary ''Wonder Women: The Secret History of American Superheroines'', a girl being interviewed says a superpower she'd like to have is the ability to shoot her hand at people.
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[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* ''Franchise/SuperSentai'' (and therefore ''Franchise/PowerRangers'') have mecha that do this on occasion. Count on the body part fired, which typically explodes, to be back in place and intact in the next shot of the mecha.
* Series/KamenRiderFourze has his Rider Rocket Punch, performed while equipped with the Rocket Module that covers his right arm; unlike the classic example, however, it's just a jet-propelled punch.
** Fourze's [[TheMovie movie]]-exclusive SuperMode, Meteor Nadeshiko Fusion States, can actually perform a traditional Rocket Punch using the Modules.
* Series/KamenRiderOOO can launch the forearms of his Gorilla Medal-powered arms at enemies, making them a rocketless Rocket Punch.
* ''SuperRobotRedBaron'' has the "Baron Punch", which involves launching ''both'' of its fists (conjoined, at that). The actual "launching" sequence consists of a [[IdiosyncraticWipe stylish wipe]], that depicts the fists [[SeanConneryIsAboutToShootYou heading towards the screen]].
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[[folder:Music]]
* The Korean rock band ''W And Whale'' had a song called ''Rocket Punch Generation Shine'' (or RPG Shine), which invokes this trope in both the lyrics and [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RGhL9fckVOk video]]. And it's [[EarWorm catchy as hell]].
* The Japanese pop singer ''T.M. Revolution'' has a song called ''Madan -der freischutz-'' (Magic Bullets) has this trope in [[http://www.animelyrics.com/jpop/tmrev/madan.htm the video]].
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[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* The 4th edition of the ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'' setting {{Eberron}} has this. A Paragon Path for Artificers called the Self-Forged starts by replacing a hand with a {{Magitek}} replacement called a [[PowerFist Battlefist]]. The ultimate "spell" for the Path allows the Artificer to shoot the Battlefist away on a chain of energy, allowing them to continue to control it even while it's detached from their body.
** 3.5 Warforged (or in theory anyone with access to the Kensai PrestigeClass) a +1 throwing returning fist.
*** The Blood Wind spell from 3.5 lets a creature throw its natural weapons, which return [[AWizardDidIt by magic]]. Monks treat their unarmed strikes as natural weapons, and can make unarmed strikes with any part of their body.
** 4e Barbarians can get the feat "Hurl Weapon", which lets them use any off-hand weapon as a thrown weapon. The Monk's unarmed attack counts as an off-hand weapon...
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[[folder:Toys]]
* Several of the original Takara Diaclone robot toys that were used when Hasbro originated the Transformers line had spring-launched fists, but this ability was never incorporated into the original cartoon.
** For a more recent example, Reveal The Shield Lugnut's forearms are both spring loaded for double-fisted P.O.K.E goodness.
* The Playskool Transformers Go-Bots (aka "1-2-3 Transformers" and "Go-Go-Go-Bots!") toy line featured a character called Aero-Bot, whose toy had launching fists (attached by strings, so they don't get lost) which hung under his wings in jet mode. There was also a slightly redesigned version in different colors named Silverbolt. This was a forerunner of Lugnut's more fully realized equipment.
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* ''VideoGame/MetalWolfChaos'' has a ''literal'' RocketPunch, where the main character grabs a single missile out of a MacrossMissileMassacre, and ''punches his enemy in the face with it''.
* Parodied in ''VideoGame/BlazBlue''. In the segment of ''Teach Me, Miss Litchi!'', Kokonoe installed a RocketPunch in Iron Tager (it's not part of his actual moveset). However, she's not satisfied with the result and was thinking to move it somewhere else. Maybe on his chest... or his -- '''GIGANTIC [[FreudWasRight TAGER!!!!]]'''
* Robo from ''VideoGame/ChronoTrigger'' had a Rocket Punch as his weakest special ability, where he would throw his fist at the enemy; it was hooked to a chain so he could reel it back in. A stronger attack, named "Uzzi [sic] Punch", had him do this multiple times in rapid succession.
* Some of Geno's weapons in ''VideoGame/SuperMarioRPG'' do this. Then again, he's an animated doll.
* In ''VideoGame/PaperMarioTheThousandYearDoor'', [[RecurringBoss Lord Crump's]] mecha, Magnus von Grapple, fires its fists which [[FlunkyBoss turn into targets]].
* ''VideoGame/{{Darkstalkers}}'': Jedah, everyone's favorite self-harming vampire, not only fires his arms off in bloody geysers, but also his fingers and his ''goddamned head''.
* In the ''[[Manga/DragonBall Dragon Ball Z]]'' games, Android 16 has the Rocket Punch as a basic ki attack. And yes, he does yell his attack.
* Kurtis, whether in human (cyborg) or Prinny form, has at least one variant of this as an attack in each of his appearances throughout the ''Franchise/{{Disgaea}}'' series. He also yells it out in 3 and 4, though only with the Japanese audio on.
** His Final Arm attack (Used in 2, 3, and 4) seems to pay homage to the rocket punch's origins, as it drills though the target, then inexplicably causes them to explode after they crackle with electricity in a fashion you'd expect from a damaged HumongousMecha.
** In 3, and the remake of 2, his robot clones can magichange into a fist weapon (With two rocket punch special attacks), while his true Prinny self magichanges into a gun that can ''shoot rocket punches''.
* Lady X uses this as a FinishingMove in ''VideoGame/RumbleRoses'', but it doesn't look nearly as cool as one might expect, knocking her opponents across the ring despite being so slow-moving that they should be able to stop it cold with just one fingertip.
* RobotAlchemicDrive: Vavel's a big remote-controlled homage to Mazinger Z, so it stands to reason it would have its own version of the Rocket Punch, called "Assault Knuckle"
* ''VideoGame/{{Persona 3}}''[='s=] [[RobotGirl Aigis]] has this as one of her weapons. By the time you get it, however, it's usually outclassed.
** Labrys, from ''Persona4Arena'', has a Rocket Punch of her own, connected to her body with a chain. This ability is shared amongst the other 5th Generation Anti-Shadow Weapons.
* Aschen Broedel, the Lamia {{expy}} from ''VideoGame/EndlessFrontier: Super Robot Wars OG Saga'', has a wired rocket punch, which is generally [[CallingYourAttacks announced]] by her GenkiGirl "released" personality: "Aschen PUNCH!"
* G. Kaiser, from ''TechRomancer'', has Rocket Punches as a standard special attack. Considering it's a blatant {{Expy}} of Mazinger...
* Area, a MadScientist (even though she looks more like the daughter) from the ''VideoGame/StreetFighterEX'' games has something similar. Instead of launching her arm, she wields a huge mechanical gauntlet (named 'Cancer' for some reason). Some of her attacks feature it launching in various manners. Her most powerful attack fires it off and then detonates it; while the move does excellent damage, you then lose the gauntlet for the rest of the match, which basically kills her offense.
* Several weapons from the ''VideoGame/MegaManClassic'' series give the Blue Bomber the ability to do this, starting with ''VideoGame/MegaMan3'''s Hard Knuckle.
** ''VideoGame/MegaManV'' (Game Boy) replaced the usual Mega Buster with this as its charged attack. Megs can also do this in ''VideoGame/MegaMan6'' with the Rush Power Adapter.
** In ''VideoGame/MegaManBattleNetwork'', by using an arrow combination as he activates the Guts Punch chip, Rock can transform it into the ''Rocket'' Guts Punch. The combination, of course, is [[Franchise/StreetFighter down, down-right, right]]. Gutsman himself enjoys using the Rocket Guts Punch at higher versions. In the anime, Rock uses the Rocket Guts Punch as his primary weapon when in Guts Soul (in ''Battle Network 4'', he can only do the Guts Punch). Also possible a Program Advance consisting of selecting Guts Punch, Ice Fist and Dash Attack, (in that order) to fire a stream of fists straight ahead, while time is frozen.
*** In the second game of the series, there are three successive powered-up versions of Guts Punch that have increasingly complicated Rocket Punch commands - Bronze Fist fires a single rocket punch, Silver Fist (this troper's favorite for its ease of use) fires an individual Rocket Punch down every row, and Gold Fist fires '''three''' punches down '''each''' row.
** Spring Man from ''7'' has the retractable-arm variety of rocket punch in the same vein as Robo.
** The Rush Super Adapter of ''7'' shoots powerful rocket punches on a full buster charge. After picking up a certain upgrade, they become ''homing'' punches.
*** In the same game Bass has a rocket punch in the second Dr. Wily stage when he's merged with Treble.
** The General in ''VideoGame/MegaManX 4'' has a rocket punch attack, though the most dangerous thing about this attack are that 2 laser cannon weapons that appear where his wrists used to be. The fists themselves are pretty harmless, and can be used by X/Zero to get a better shot at General's [[AttackItsWeakPoint weak spot]], [[BoomHeadshot his head]].
** In ''Maverick Hunter X'', [[BloodKnight Vile]] can obtain an entire set of weapons which launch his fist forward with differing amounts of speed, damage, range and power usage. They're used in place of arm-mounted vulcans or missile launchers, and are usually stronger on average but harder to work with since Vile can't fire more than one of his arm at a time.
* Precis Neuman from ''VideoGame/StarOceanTheSecondStory'' fights in a suit of self-made PoweredArmor, so naturally, a RocketPunch is included in one of her special attack sets.
* This is VideoGame/{{Rayman}}'s main power, where he swings his fist around and then swings it at his opponent. It helps that [[RaymanianLimbs his fists (and feet, and head) aren't attached to his body]].
* In ''VideoGame/CyborgJustice'', the Launch arm works like this, but it requires you to walk over to where it landed and pick it up to reattach before it blows up.
* [[ZettaiHeroProject ZHP]]: Comes in two flavors, depending on which arm you equip the Rocket Punch to: the left arm uses RapidFireFisticuffs, while the right arm launches its target in the air and smacks him around a few dozen times.
* Annihilator Droids in ''VideoGame/ChampionsOnline'' regularly use rocket punches. Somehow, they leave them with their arms intact.
** [[spoiler:The fake Dr. Destroyer]] also uses that same attack. What's more, partway through the fight he loses his arms, which proceed to [[AttackDrone fly around and beat players up]], while he fights using eye beams and chest blasts. [[GoodBadBugs At least unless he heals up a bit.]]
* Blitzcrank from ''VideoGame/LeagueOfLegends'', much like [[VideoGame/ChronoTrigger Robo]], also has a rocket punch. However, the arm is retractable, and its main purpose isn't to punch enemies out but grab them and drag them away from their allies to Blitzcrank and his allies, where they'll be promptly slaughtered.
** Vi has a pair of gigantic Hextech gauntlets that are rocket-propelled. She uses them to charge at people fist-first and smack them in the face, or uppercut them into the sky.
* The Defenders in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyX'' can fire one of their fists to halve a character's HP. Another one instantly locks into place afterwards.
** This is a [[MegaManning Blue Magic]] spell in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyV''. Among its users are Omega and Gilgamesh, the latter of whom was also given the attack in ''[[VideoGame/DissidiaFinalFantasy Dissidia 012: Final Fantasy]]''.
** One of Barret's weapons in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII'' has the appearance of a boxing glove instead of the usual gun-arm and is actually named "Rocket Punch", but it subverts the trope as a close-range melee weapon instead of a ranged attack.
* Falcon of ''VideoGame/PowerStone'' uses this as his main method of attack in his super form.
* Byrne from ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaSpiritTracks'' has a huge-ass power glove that he can fire to grab or punch his opponents. It's attached to a chain, making it retrievable.
** WordOfGod says Link was going to get one in ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaSkywardSword Skyward Sword]]'' in lieu of the Beetle.
* Unzan from ''VideoGame/{{Touhou}}'' shoots giant [[RealMenWearPink pink]] fist-shaped [[BulletHell bullets]]. He's also a giant pink living cloud.
* Demolitions expert Araym from ''VideoGame/SepterraCore'' blew his arms off in the last war, and had them replaced with, essentially, big rocket arms. He gets very few attacks that aren't some form of RocketPunch.
* In ''X-Men: Children of the Atom'' and ''VideoGame/MarvelVsCapcom2'', Sentinel can fire its arm at a foe. It even says "Rocket Punch" when doing so. In the words of Yipes- "PLAYING BLOODY KNUCKLES"
** Cyber-Akuma, the modified clone of Akuma made by Apocalypse in ''Marvel Super Heroes vs. Street Fighter'' also has one of these as one of his attacks.
** In ''Ultimate VideoGame/MarvelVsCapcom3'', Nova does a variation where he fires his entire body at the enemy at full speed to deliver a powerful punch. Considering his nickname is the Human Rocket.
* Spyborg in ''VideoGame/StarFox 64'' likes to fire both of its fists in succession.
* In ''VideoGame/MakaiKingdom'', the BonusBoss [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Robosuit]] uses this as one of its attacks. The Robosuit is obviously intended as an homage to the classic Giant Robot school of mecha design.
* In ''VideoGame/BattleClash'' and ''Metal Combat'', [[WarmupBoss Garam]] is able to use these (in the latter game, they can be [[ChargedAttack charged up]] for devastating damage...especially useful in 2P Combat mode, where one player gets to control the mecha). They can [[ItOnlyWorksOnce only be fired once per match]], though.
** The AI usually only uses it when you've placed it in [[DesperationAttack critical]] or when you've blown off certain parts as well. It's also pretty cool in the amount of variations of rocket punches it can do as well.
* The Grungust series of mechs in ''VideoGame/SuperRobotWarsOriginalGeneration'' have the BOOST KNUCKLE ability, which launches their entire forearm at an enemy like a missile. It returns afterwards. The Type-3 Grungusts combine tropes with ThisIsADrill in the form of the Drill Boost Knuckle, as does the Thrudgelmir.
** [=KoRyuOh=], having been made from Kusuha and Bullet's Type-3, also sports a Rocket Punch in the form of the Tiger Knuckle.
** The Garmraid from ''VideoGame/SuperRobotWarsMX'' attaches it's shoulder guard to it's fist before launching it. The guard then opens up, revealing MoreTeethThanTheOsmondFamily.
** The Coustwell from ''VideoGame/SuperRobotWarsJudgment'' launches fists made of HardLight. Its upgraded form Brachium makes copies of itself to fire three huge ones.
** Soulgain's [[strike:Rocket Soul Punch]] [[TheFourGods Genbu Goudan]]
** Despite being a human-sized RobotGirl, Aschen Brodel of ''VideoGame/EndlessFrontier'' can launch her fists at enemies and pull them back with wires.
* Asgard in ''VideoGame/WildArms5'' uses one as a sort of ejection seat to get Avril out of harm's way before the start of the game. [[spoiler:He uses it again near the end of the game, this time in the traditional manner, when his missing arm returns during his time of need and Rocket Punches Volsung's HumongousMecha in the face.]]
* In one scenario of ''VisualNovel/RadicalDreamers'' [[spoiler:Mecha-Lynx]] uses this attack.
* ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolidPeaceWalker'' has a tongue-firmly-in-cheek variation performed by Zadornov, where he makes a peace sign and shoots it while shouting "Rocket peace!" The theme of the game is nuclear deterrence (peace gained through rockets), so this is either [[WhatDoYouMeanItsNotSymbolic symbolic]] or just one of Kojima's references to the anime he watched as a kid. [[TakeAThirdOption Or both]].
* "Rocket Kubochi" and "Double Rocket" In ''InazumaEleven'', rocket punches that are used in a soccer match as a goalkeeper's punching techniques.
* The Robot costume's main attack in ''VideoGame/CostumeQuest'' is a Rocket Punch, even called by that name.
* In ''VideoGame/StarWarsTheOldRepublic'', the Bounty Hunter has an ability called Rocket Punch where they use rocket boots to uppercut an opponent.
* ''VideoGame/{{Plok}}'' is a rare biological example in which the title character is able to shoot out and reattach not only his fists, but his legs as well.
* Variation in the ''VideoGame/MassEffect3'' multiplayer. The turian Havoc Soldier uses his rocket pack to leap a huge distance and stab his omniblade into a hapless enemy.
* In the {{licensed game}} ''Videogame/GodzillaDomination!'', Mechagodzilla has this as a charged attack.
* Death Egg Robot from ''VideoGame/SonicTheHedgehog2'' can fires its fists.
* The final boss of ''MischiefMakers'', the Beastector's CombiningMecha, does this. This being ''Mischief Makers'', [[PlayingTennisWithTheBoss you have to throw it right back at it]].
* The MEC Trooper from the "Enemy Within" expansion to ''VideoGame/XCOMEnemyUnknown'' has a "Kinetic Strike" module as an optional weapon. As a backup melee weapon, it's highly effective, especially against its Alien counterpart, the Mechtoid.
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* In [[AModestDestiny A Modest Destiny]] Hechter does this.
* A variation is executed by ''Webcomic/{{Space Kid}}'' in Episode Two.
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* ''{{Voltron}}'' (specifically ''Go Lion'') had its "Lion Head Attack," which fired its "hands" and "feet" at the enemy. Naturally, Voltron was always flying at the time, so it wouldn't fall over from suddenly losing its feet.
** The SequelSeries, ''[[WesternAnimation/VoltronForce Voltron Force]]'' [[spoiler: not only brings back the Lion Head Attack in the final episode, but cranks things UpToEleven by including the Black Lion's head in the barrage.]]
* ''WesternAnimation/BumpInTheNight'' was a series that took place with all the monsters and toys that live in a kids room. One of the {{Running Gag}}s was a LawfulStupid toy robot firing its "Fist Missiles" at the titular Mr. Bumpy. Said fists frequently stopped, looked around for Bumpy, and lifted up objects and used tools to better help them find him.
* In ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheBraveAndTheBold'', the '''Batmobile''' pulls this off against Babyface.
* ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'' of all places has a variation: members of [[SecretPolice the Dai Li]] have gloves made of rocks that can be launched as a punch or to grab someone inconspicuously. In addition, the gloves are segmented, so small sharp pieces can be shot off like bullets, and it can be bent into a claw or fist while flying at enemies.
* On episode of the ''WesternAnimation/MenInBlack'' TV Series had J shrunk down to the size of a small alien, and forced to use a robot suit built to look just like him. The robot suit in question could actually fire off its fists as RocketPunch attacks, which unfortunately bit J in the ass when he missed and set the arm way farther than he had the chance to get back to.
-->'''J''': I like that arm.
* A truly bizarre variation occurs in a rare and obscure experimental cartoon called ''The Little Island''. One of the three unnamed characters raises his fist, which suddenly enlarges and pops off his wrist, then comes crashing down on him from the heavens. [[OverlyLongGag Several times.]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kRxknXa7nzc&fmt=18 It starts at the 3:46 mark of this segment.]]
* Lugnut from ''TransformersAnimated'' possesses a rather different kind of Rocket Punch, in which jet engines attached to his forearm propel his explosive-tipped (and still attached) fist into the ground at supersonic speed. The result is an enormous explosion of kinetic force that can level a city block. Bulkhead counters this by triggering the explosive prematurely with his wrecking ball. [[CrazyAwesome Wreck-Gar just used a high-five]].
** In the season 2 finale, Lugnut actually uses launches his fists (in both robot and jet mode), to [[NoSell little effect]] against Omega Supreme.
** Lockdown, on the other hand, plays it straight. Since he's made largely of stolen parts, it's no surprise that they can fly off.
** And Bulkhead's wrecking ball probably counts too, since it takes the place of his fist and swings out on a cable.
* ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitans'': Cyborg's arms worked somewhere between this trope and AttackDrone when he launched them.
* The titular ''WesternAnimation/MegasXLR'' has a set of these, though like Genesic ''GaoGaiGar'', it fires the actual fists at times.
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* Apparently, [[http://www.popularmechanics.com/science/health/breakthroughs/4303407?src=soc_fcbk a prosthetic arm has been developed]] using rocket propellant bursts to overcome the strength limitation of more traditional mechanisms like servos and hydraulics. In time, someone's bound to get punched by one.
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