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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.

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.

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Western Animation

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