This happens when one fist fighters counters a hook punch
by throwing another punch along an opponent's arm, aimed to the face. The result is the two fighters simultaneously punching each other's faces, with one or both of them
collapsing after a suitably Dramatic Pause
See also Double Knockout
, Fearful Symmetry
Anime and Manga
- In season 7 of Scrubs, JD and Turk fake a photo where they do this, which they refer to as the Rocky III Frame Freeze Ending.
- In Power Rangers RPM, two Humongous Mecha do this to each other. The one the bad guys had taken control of was unharmed, while the good guys' mecha was knocked apart.
- In the Ultraman Dyna series, Dyna faces off with Imitation Dyna and their battle ends in this fashion. Dyna was able to avoid his copy's punch while Imitation Dyna's face literally shattered.
- In Kamen Rider Double's Movie, Shotaro (as Kamen Rider Joker) does this to one of the Five-Bad Band. However, because Shotaro's punch was a Finishing Move, he came out on top.
- Speaking of, Kamen Rider has a variation that pops up from time to time where, instead of hooks, two characters will throw out front thrust kicks at the same time; often this is used to get some space between the characters so one (or both) can do something dramatic.
- Robot Combat League: Crash vs Steel Cyclone had one of these as the climax, which ended in some nasty damage for both, though it was Cyclone that had the worst part, getting its arm wrecked.
- In the Dead Sara music video for "Lemon Scent" the lead singer and guitarist engage in some underground Fight Club-esque boxing before both going down with a cross counter.
- Real life example.
- The Cross Counter. It's not just for punches anymore
- There is an actual move like this in real life, but usually just called a cross, and much more effective. Assuming both boxers are right-handed, one goes for a front (left) hand jab, while the opponent uses the back (right) hand to cross the opponent's now outstretched left arm and connect with the opponent's head. If done correctly, it is an effective counter that will also protect the user from the opponent's jab.
- It should be noted that in a real Cross Counter scenario, the cross would prevent the hook from landing (because it stuns the opponent and prevents them from completing the hook) unless it's really weak or really late; that's why Cross Counters are so rare in real life.
- The rear-hand-hook-over-jab version is very popular in Mixed Martial Arts (Mauricio 'Shogun' Rua especially throws it with great success). The reason is poor striking technique among a lot of fighters (who mostly start as wrestlers): not tucking the chin behind the shoulder of punching hand and general focus in MMA on single punches rather than combinations (due to takedown risk Hit-and-Run Tactics work better), which means that a large number of jabs is usually thrown without any followup strikes (sometimes to set up a takedown).
- Lyoto Machida◊.
- Filipino wrecking ball Nonito Donaire is a master of this technique; after baiting Fernando Montiel into throwing a big right cross, Donaire countered over it with a monstrous left hook which left Montiel spasming on the mat.
- A common routine sees two wrestlers both going for a clothesline on each other at the same time, ending up with a clothesline version of this trope. How much damage this accomplishes varies depending on the type of match: a normal, unimportant match might just see the wrestlers go down for a few seconds, while a "Last Man Standing" match (the sole objective of which is to keep your opponent down for a 10-count) or a heated title bout will inject some drama into the match up by having the wrestlers stay down for much longer as they struggle to get to their feet before the 10-count. A less-common variation will see two (usually taller-than-average) wrestlers hit each other with Yakuza Kick/Big Boot-type moves at the same time. Similarly, many high-fliers use the Flying Cross Body - literally just running into a jump so that your body makes a cross with the opponent's and you drive them to the mat - but seeing two wrestlers do this simultaneously is not only a full-body version of the trope but looks more devastating than a car crash.
- This is known in most fighting games as "trading hits." Usually leads to a Double Knockout (which counts as a loss if it's a complete draw match.)
- Dudley from Street Fighter III has a move with this exact name, and it functions in the same way as well, only it's more of a blazing-fast dash punch than a straight up exchange. He does deal equal or close to equal damage to what hit him, though.
- Sadly for Dudley, his Cross Counter will not result in a double KO ever, since if he's KO'd during the move, he'll hit the Counter... and immediately collapse in defeat, with the move doing no actual damage to his opponent.
- See also the Street Fighter-centric webshow, Cross Counter, starring community darlings Gootecks and Mike Ross.
- Done in Metal Gear Solid: The Twin Snakes. Liquid and Solid duel on top of a wrecked Metal Gear Rex, and end up in a Cross Counter.
- This is then repeated in a much more satisfying way in Metal Gear Solid 4 where during the final fist fight with Liquid Ocelot, one of the many context sensitive actions the player can pull off is a Cross Counter.
- One of the Quick Time Events in Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance when fighting the final boss ends in one, although there's no outcome where both the boss and Raiden get hit: if you succeed in the QTE, Raiden evades the boss' punch at the last second and if you fail, he gets hit before his fist connects with the boss' face.
- Done in Yakuza 2, or Ryuga Gotoku 2. The final battle with Ryuji Ghoda, the final quick time event results in an epic cross counter! Almost as epic as the MGS4 one referenced above. Incidentally, Yakuza borrows heavily from MGS, among others, obviously including Ashita no Joh.
- In the end of Viewtiful Joe 2, Joe and his father and Big Bad, Jet Black wound up in this. Jet then commented on his son's "Strong jaw".
- Final Fantasy Tactics A2 has as a Master Monk ability named this: however, instead of either being a support or reaction ability that activates when the enemy character has a Counter as their reaction ability and reproducing the normally expected results, it's actually just an action ability that does more damage than normal (often double) and bypasses an enemy's counter, if the enemy has a Counter skill.
- Disgaea 3: Absence of Justice has it as a Nekomata support ability. It increases counterattack damage by 50%.
- Bruce Irvin from Tekken can do a cross counter(called the Nightmare Punch) when the player times it with an opponent's punch. Also subverted in Tekken 6: Bloodline Rebellion's arcade intro - Both Jin and Kazuya evade each others' fists.
- Someone made a nice long video of Bruce countering people all day. It looks like he can't double KO unless you do the punch too late, and if performed successfully, he never actually gets hit by the opponent's attack.
- Heihachi also has a kick variation of this, performed against normal right kicks that hit high if you're hit during the active frame of the move. The difference with his version from normal Cross Counters is that while the attacks from both parties are generally simultaneous or near-simultaneous with them, Heihachi just takes the hit, and while the opponent just stands there dumbfounded with their leg in the air firmly against the side of his head, he just kicks them away with his right foot.
- Yet another version of this could be Heihachi's Headbutt Carnival throw, which is functionally identical to his other, similliar throw in appearance, but characters who possess headbutt attacks of their own can avoid getting knocked down by it and counter-headbutt Heihachi right back...who can then counter-counter their headbutt and repeat the sequence until either character screws up the input or runs out of life first.
- Paul Phoenix and Forrest Law perform a cross counter in their ending in Tekken Tag...but instead of a punch, they both kick...and instead of their faces, well, their reactions say it all.
- In MadWorld with the power struggle between Jack and the Black Baron, trading a jab, an uppercut and a headbutt. If Jack wins, he ends with a hammer fist with both hands, while if the Black Baron wins, he lets loose a Single-Stroke Battle of Rapid-Fire Fisticuffs with explosive punches.
- Persona 4 features this in Yosuke's Max Social Link event where Yosuke wishes to be seen as the Main Character's equal. In response, they choose to have a Ho Yay-filled brawl that ends with one of these.
- Tales of Vesperia has this as a skill where more damage is given for attacking an attacking enemy
- In the climax of the Final Fantasy XI mission pack A Shantotto Ascension, after the final battle, the player is treated to a cutscene in which two giant Shantottos duke it out in Yhoator Jungle, ending with a spell powered cross counter. The fake falls while the real one stands tall. And this was not the actual characters fighting, but their spell powered avatars.
- God of War III: The final battle in has this with Kratos and Zeus, in which father and son manage to punch each other across the room.
- This is actually possible in the Super Smash Bros. games, though it all comes down to whoever's attack connected first.
- Injustice: Gods Among Us has a variantion of this: When a counter is initiated, both characters are knocked back, recite character-specific lines and attack each other simultaneously. During the clash, players need to bet portions of their super meter to earn the upper hand. Whoever loses is knocked back and takes more damage. If it's a tie, then both characters are knocked back and take little damage.
- There's a three-way Cross Counter in the Merrie Melodies cartoon "The Dover Boys," as the three main characters try to punch out the villain, who faints at the last moment.
- The Cat Fight episode of Justice League Unlimited ended with a still frame of Huntress and Black Canary delivering a flying kick to one another.
- Happens in an episode of Family Guy during a fight between Peter and Ernie the Giant Chicken. Neither one is knocked out, though.
- And again in the episode where Cleveland and Loretta split up, but with Cleveland and Quagmire (in a direct nod to the Rocky III ending)
- Happens in much more visceral detail when Peter and Homer get into an epic fight that damn near destroys Springfield!