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- In Episode 6 of Panty & Stocking with Garterbelt, a variant happens with cars.
- This happens a lot over the course of the Dragon Ball franchise:
- In the original Dragon Ball, Goku and Tien briefly grapple like this. Goku ends it by rocking backwards and kicking Tien up into the air.
- Dragon Ball Z did this a few more times, with Goku on one side and Frieza, Cell, and Vegeta on the other. This also happened with other characters, though far less often.
- Goku and Frieza do this in Dragon Ball Z: Resurrection ‘F’. As they're in midair at the time, Frieza spins Goku vertically and kicks him in the stomach.
- Spoofed in a scene of Dragon Ball Z Abridged where Piccolo and Android 17 are locked in one of these to tense music. The camera then switches to 18's point of view, without any music, where she comments the fight could not possibly get any dumber.
- Transformers Armada did this frequently. Also happened a lot in Transformers Cybertron, most often between Optimus and Megatron.
- In Tenchi Muyo!, Ayeka and Ryoko have done this during some of their battles.
- In Ranma ˝, Ryouga does this with Girl Type Ranma in the last bit of the Golden Pair arc (in the anime at least)
- A mecha-sized version happens in GaoGaiGar Final, when Gaofighgar and Gimlet emperor grasp hands. Gimlet thinks he's winning... but he's fighting Gai Shishio.
- During the Edolas Arc of Fairy Tail, Erza Scarlet ends of doing this with her Evil Twin Erza Knightwalker as a result of a Fearful Symmetry induced Combat Breakdown.
- Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann has the Spiral King Lordgenome do this with Simon... while Simon is piloting Lagann. That's right. Genome gets in a mercy-fight with a fucking robot (an admittedly small robot but still bigger than most humans). and he wins! Later in the series, Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann does this with the Anti-spiral's Grand Zemboa during the final battle.
- Greymon did this with a Dark-Tyranomon in the Christmas episode of Digimon Adventure 02.
- During the Kanto Season of Pokémon, Charizard and Magmar were doing this. It led to Charizard defeating Magmar in the heart of a volcano itself!!!
- In the Johto season, Charizard does it again, this time against Gary's Blastoise.
- Bleach anime episode 220. During Captain Komamura's fight with the Arrancar Poww, Komamura's Bankai (a giant samurai) and Poww's huge resurreccion form grab each other's hands and test their strength. Watch it here.
- Rumiko Takahashi's Maris the Chojo does this, between the titular character and her rival Sue. Both are super strong due to coming from a planet with high gravity, but Maris is at a disadvantage since she can't remove the restraints that keep her strength in check.
- In the final episode of Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D's, Yusei Fudo's Shooting Star Dragon and Jack Atlas' Scar Red Nova Dragon do this when a battle is initiated. Since they have the same number of attack points, both are destroyed.
- In Naruto, during their Chunin exam fight, Sakura and Ino end up briefly doing this, along with cross counters, and Punch parries. It slightly different from other examples in that they break away before getting to the fingerlock part.
- The Big O episode 17 "Leviathan". The Big O grabs the title megadeus' pincers during their battle.
- In the opening page of Fate/kaleid liner PRISMA☆ILLYA, Eternal rivals Rin Tohsaka and Luviagelita Edfelt end up doing this mere seconds after meeting up in Japan.
- The climactic battle of Puella Magi Madoka Magica the Movie: Rebellion starts with Homulilly and Oktavia doing this.
- In Natsuiro Kiseki, Natsumi does this with herself after being split in two.
- Marvel Comics did it as far back as The '60s, when The Mighty Thor first went up against the Incredible Hulk. They've done this many times since. One of the more famous examples was when The Avengers fought The Defenders.
- During World War Hulk, The Juggernaut and the Hulk locked up in a similar fashion. The Hulk ended up using Juggy's momentum against him by letting go and allowing him to blast off into the distance.
- Obi-Wan Kenobi and Anakin Skywalker do this during Revenge of the Sith, only using the Force push instead of actually clenching hands.
- Later in their fight, they actually do the classic "grab by the wrists and grapple with each other" move.
- Infamously, this is the main fighting stance taken by Superman and Nuclear Man during their fight in Superman IV: The Quest for Peace.
- In The Incredible Hulk, Hulk gets his second wind and forces Abomination back. They lock grip and contest in strength before Hulk headbutts Abomination back.
- In The Avengers, Iron-Man throws two punches at Thor but he catches them and starts slowly crushing his gauntlets. Tony stops the lock by using his Power Palms and headbutting the demigod. Unfortunately, Thor returns the favor.
- In Monty Python Live at the Hollywood Bowl, Graham Chapman subverts the trope by performing it on himself
- Matador Series:
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- More often, subverting this has become the norm. The heel will raise one or both hands, challenging the face to a fingerlock. When the face raises his hands to lock up, the heel will immediately attack the exposed midsection with a knee or a kick.
- 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.
- Final Fantasy XI has the downloadable mission pack A Shantotto Ascension, where two Gigantic Shantottos do this, among many other events.
- Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3: The Hulk and Mike Haggar do this in the opening cinematic.
- This was a mechanic in The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess, starting with goat herding, moving on to Goron Sumo and finally being used in a boss fight.
- Also used in The Legend of Zelda: Spirit Tracks, when Byrne charges up for a rush attack, you can position the phantom guardian/Zelda in front of you, to cut him off, and the two of them will grapple, giving Link an opportunity to attack him from behind.
- According to the "Hope" trailer for Star Wars: The Old Republic, Brawler Lock is the part two of Jace Malcolm's plan for dealing with a Sith that can deflect blaster bolts or rocket like it's nothing. For the record, part one is heavy armor. Part three is grenades.
- In Capcom vs. SNK 2: Mark of the Millennium, Zangief and Raiden will do this before a match starts if they're fighting each other.
- Injustice 2 has this as part of a gameplay mechanic called Clashes. This example crosses with Blade Lock since rather than locking hands, the characters will shove against each other using their signature weapon or power; bare-knuckle fighters like Batman or Black Canary do so with their hands and/or forearms.
- God of War (PS4): Kratos and the Stranger get into one. Since they both have incredible Super Strength, pushing against each other makes the ground shatter. Eventually, the Stranger gets a hand free and punches Kratos away.
- 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.
- Superman: The Animated Series:
- "The Way of All Flesh" 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.
- "Father's Day" had Superman and Kalibak get into one in a subway. Superman shoves Kalibak onto an electrified rail to temporarily knock him out.
- "Legacy" had Superman fighting a doppelganger of himself in a nightmare and they get into one. Superman knocks his opponent back with a headbutt.
- 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.
- Near the end of Book 2 of The Legend of Korra Korra and Unalaq fused with Vaatu do this with waterbending.
- One episode of Dexter's Laboratory has statues of George Washington and Abraham Lincoln get into this kind of stance with each other; hilariously enough, their fight with each other ends after that, much to Dexter and Mandark's mutual ire.
- Done twice in Teen Titans between Cyborg and the robot Atlas. The first time Cyborg uses 100% of his power and still loses, but in the rematch he pushes past 100% to win. Cyborg is only human after all.