Brawler Lock

Two characters are fighting, and during the course of the battle, they clasp their hands together and push against each other in a test of strength. This can happen when one of them throws a punch or any kind of strike and the other catches it. They can stay like this for a while, with one trying to overpower the other and bring him to his knees.....

A Groin Attack is possible, as is Using Your Head. Also, the combatants need not lock fingers. Grabbing each-other's wrists is also an option.

When Rapid-Fire Fisticuffs is met with this, you have Punch! Punch! Punch! Uh Oh...

See Blade Lock for this with swords. Beam-O-War is this, but with, well, beams.


Anime and Manga

Comic Books

  • Obi-Wan Kenobi and Anakin Skywalker do this during Revenge of the Sith, only using Force powers instead of actually clenching hands.
  • Infamously, this is the main fighting stance taken by Superman and Nuclear Man during their fight in Superman IV: The Quest for Peace.

  • Someone tries to do this to Bork in The Albino Knife. He lets the guy struggle for a bit, then picks him up and tosses him across the room.
    • Later, in Brother Death, Bork finds himself in a similar lock with someone even stronger than him. After several seconds of complete angst, he remembers he's also trained in the universe's most deadly martial art and proceeds to break his opponent's spine.
  • In an early Discworld novel, the aged Cohen the Barbarian grapples the Luggage (a sapient wooden chest that eats people) to a standstill. Eventually a third party has to separate them.

Live-Action TV
  • In episode 2 of Spartacus: Blood and Sand, Spartacus tries this on Crixus, but Crixus easily sends him flying. Doctore mocks Spartacus' blunder and explains, "Become entangled with a more powerful opponent and you are dead!"
  • Can end up happening in Megazord fights, particularly in older series. Naturally carried over from Super Sentai.
  • Smallville:
    • In "Static", Clark Kent does this against Aldar. Unfortunately, Aldar is from a species that is naturally stronger than a Kryptonian, so he easily sends Clark flying.
    • In "Beast", Clark does this against Davis Bloome (Doomsday's human form). After a hard struggle, Clark crushes Davis' hands and forces him to his knees before Chloe breaks up the fight.

Professional Wrestling
  • This has existed in professional wrestling for years as the Collar and Elbow tie up, and has been traditionally the way two wrestlers will start a match.
    • Besides the Collar & Elbow, this exists in pro wrestling (and many a schoolyard) as the fingerlock, where the opponents lock hands with each other and try to make the other go to their knees.
  • When Delirious tried to stab Jimmy Jacobs with his stake at the same time Jacobs tried to stab him with his railroad spike, this resulted.

Video Games


Western Animation
  • In Jackie Chan Adventures, Tohru and El Toro do this in El Toro's introductory episode. What with them both being wrestlers (sumo and lucha libre, at least), it was probably inevitable.
  • An episode of Superman: The Animated Series had Supes doing this with John Corben, aka Metallo. Supes didn't know Corben had been changed into a cyborg with his Kryptonite Factor as the power source, and he paid for it.
  • Ms Marvel and the Hulk get into one of these in The Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes episode "Who Do You Trust?" which turns into a Crowning Moment of Awesome for Carol when she actually wins!
  • In the Super Friends, episode "The Evil From Krypton", Superman and the evil Kryptonian Zy-Kree get into one. Their strength is equal, but Superman breaks the stalemate by monkey flipping his opponent.