Stock Superpower where the character shoots blasts of energy out of their hands, palms, wrists, fingertips or fists. "Energy" in this case is a broad term, and can encompass nearly anything: a heat ray, laser bolts, concussive force, whatever. The subject simply points his hand (or finger) at a target, and a Bright Ray O' Doom shines forth. Sometimes requires activating with the other hand. Differs from Ki Attacks and Kamehame Hadoken in that the Hand Blasts are not tied in to the subject's Life Energy or Mana; the energy source is often an external power source or some other form of Applied Phlebotinum. Many instances of this trope imply that anyone can fire the blasts if they simply had the right equipment or circumstance. May overlap with Arm Cannon if the entire arm/hand is weaponized. Subtrope of Energy Weapon. See also Breath Weapon, Full-Contact Magic, and Eye Beams. If this is specifically through the palms, see also Power Palms.
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- Androids 16, 17, and 18 from Dragon Ball had this.
- Amigiri of Darker Than Black has the power to shoot concussive force from his hands.
- The clones of the lead girls in Kiddy Grade have this as their main attack.
- Mazinger Z: In one of the first episodes, Mazinger-Z shot missiles from its fingertips. This weapon was quickly ignored for obvious reasons.
- Great Mazinger: Great Mazinger's Thunder Break. The Humongous Mecha gathered lightning bolts from the atmosphere and blasted its enemy with it. Tetsuya came up with a bunch of variations: Great Mazinger shot a continued stream of electricity from its forefingers, launched lightning bolts from its open palms -or fingertips-, powered up its sword with it...
- UFO Robo Grendizer: Grendizer's backhands shot energy beams.
- As mentioned iin the Mazinger Z example above, Gunbuster also shoots missiles from its fingertips... NUCLEAR ONES !
- Pretty Cure Passionato Harmony of Suite Pretty Cure ♪ does this.
- Sailor Venus' Crescent Beam emanates from her fingertip.
- In One Piece, Franky and The Pacifistas can do this with laser beams. The beams themselves are rather thin but cause huge explosions, as opposed to the traditional "Huge energy wave". Interestingly, Kizaru- the marine admiral whose light powers their lasers were based on- never actually uses his powers in this manner; he prefers to extend his leg as if to kick and then releases the beam from his leg.
- The Zeong from Mobile Suit Gundam has particle beam cannons in its fingertips. Bonus points in that the forearms can detach, becoming Attack Drones.
- Also, Mobile Suit Zeta Gundam's Psyco Gundam, (Mk 1 & 2) feature fingertip-mounted particle beam cannons.
- The Destiny Gundam has palm-mounted, short-range beam cannons, but because its pilot uses them to perform Facepalm Of Doom attacks 99 times out of 100 a lot of fans don't even realize they're meant to be ranged weapons.
- Digimon has Angemon, with his Hand of Fate attack.
- As Harpy, Betty Ross could fire powerful concussion blasts from her hands; which were so powerful that she hurt and knocked-out the Hulk when they fought.
- Iron Man's signature attack are his palm-based repulsor beams.
- Quantum and Woody each have a metal wristband that allows them to shoot energy blasts based on the quantum energy that they've been transformed into. Quantum fires a heat beam while Woody fires beams of force.
- The Sentinels are Humongous Mecha that typically fire Hand Blasts in their mutant-hunting endeavors.
- Cyclops' brother Havok fires concussive beams from his hands.
- Rusty from The Big Guy and Rusty the Boy Robot.
- The Astro City villain HandGun had an arsenal of specialized gauntlets which fire different types of energy beams. When he's mysteriously murdered, his widow is stuck wondering what she's going to do with a basement cybernetics lab and about twenty different Hand Blast-producing gauntlets.
- Empowered can do this, when her suit works — which is never guaranteed.
- Spider-Man B-villain The Shocker fires vibrating waves out of his gauntlets.
- A-list villain, Norman Osborn/Green Goblin, has seldom-used, but surprisingly powerful finger lasers.
- Starfire of the Teen Titans, as well as her evil sister Blackfire, has this as her main superpower.
- One way or another, this is probably the most common ability in the Legion of Super-Heroes.
- Black Widow has her Widow's Bite, aka small but deadly wrist guns. Those bracelets aren't just decoration.
- Sunspot, a villain whom Guy Gardner deals with in Legends, fires energy blasts from his right hand.
- In Strikeforce: Morituri, Radian could beam energy from the entire electro-magnetic spectrum, and wore focusing sleeves on his forearms to direct them. Similarly, Snapdragon used wrist-mounted projectors to focus her plasma blasts.
- In With Strings Attached, while super-strong, Actual Pacifist Paul is freaking out and struggling not to go berserk on the Hunter's ass for slaughtering a bunch of wolves, his fingernails begin to glow as he clenches his fists, growing brighter and brighter. Eventually he has to swing around and let all that energy loose into the swamp to avoid cooking the Hunter. He had no idea he could do that; nor does he want to, and he has a Heroic BSOD over nearly killing the Hunter. Later, when they're fighting wraiths and it turns out they're transparent to physical attacks, the Hunter apologizes for not warning Paul in advance and assuming he would use his energy beams to attack them. Paul responds by looking at his fingernails and admitting he'd forgotten he could do that.
- In the 2007 Transformers film, Ironhide whips out two huge cannons from his forearms. In fact, almost every projectile weapon used by the robots are like this, produced from their own arms and directly connected to their body.
- Done in Star Wars by two entire lines of CIS Battle Droids.
- The ABC Warrior robot in Judge Dredd was armed with machineguns built into its hands. Cue the slaughter of faceless judges.
- This is one of the key features of the device in Cowboys and Aliens.
- Iron Man: Tony's iconic suit repulsors show up.
Pepper: I thought you weren't making any more weapons?
Tony: This is a flight stabilizer, it's perfectly harmless.
[activates the stabilizer, gets knocked back into the wall]
Tony: ... I didn't expect that.
- The Mighty Strobe in The Specials has this. Amok has something similar, except their source is more random, due to a slight case of power incontinence, meaning they can sometimes come out his dick.
- The protagonist in Pandorum puts on a wrist-mounted concussion gun designed to stun people. However, he's warned from the get-go that it's deadly at close range, which he demonstrates later by liquefying some mutant's head. The use of the weapon aboard a spaceship is justified, since bullets can either pierce the hull or ricochet.
- The Cobra cyborg warriors in Timothy Zahn's The Cobra Trilogy have a laser built into each hand.
- All of the powers in Gone are said to focused in the hands, however not all are hand blasts.
- In The Dresden Files, Harry Dresden pulls this when deprived of his staff and blasting rod. And it is awesome.
- In Auf zwei Planeten ("On Two Planets, 1897) by Kurd La▀witz, Martian Repulsite cannons project a kind of cone-shaped particle beam which functions like a Iron Man's repulsor rays, but on a larger scale. They can be used e. g. to stop projectiles shot at yourself or to create artificial tidal waves.
- Stargate SG-1
- The Goa'uld hand device, useful for energy pulse attacks and brain scrambling.
- The wrist-mounted plasma repeater Kull Warriors carry as well.
- Numerous examples from various shows of the Ultra Series. The eponymous characters of the shows might have a signature energy attack activated by forming a cross or an L shape with their arms, along with some less powerful Hand Blast attacks.
- The Specium Ray,◊ a signature attack used by eponymous hero of Ultraman. Activated by forming a cross with his hands.
- Ultra Seven has an attack called Wide Shot, with his arms in an L-shaped pose.
- Ultraman Jack of Return of Ultraman has his own Specium ray.
- The eponymous character of Ultraman Tiga has a signature attack from his right arm by forming an L shape with both arms.
- Ultraman Nexus has signature cross-style and L-style energy attacks. He can also shoot small energy projectiles. His Evil Counterparts also have similar attacks.
- The eponymous character of Ultraman Mebius uses and attack called "Mebium Shoot", with his arms forming a cross sign, similarly to the original Ultraman.
- The Skrills in Earth: Final Conflict are bio-engineered weapons designed to meld into the wielder's forearm and interface with the CVI in the brain. They produce a powerful energy blast that works equally well against organic beings, Energy Beings (like Taelons), and inanimate objects. Additionally, the Shaqarava is an organ present in a number of races (as well as Liam Kincaid) that allows one to project or absorb energy with the palms (strangely, Shaqarava is also a figure from Taelon mythology who destroys Umrath'ma the Liar).
- Dungeons & Dragons. The Color Spray spell fires a fan-shaped spray of clashing colors from the caster's hand. It can cause victims to become blind, stunned or unconsciousness. Many other spells use the hands for focusing and/or directing energy as well.
- Most attack spells in Role Master are launched from the caster's palm.
- Samus Aran from Metroid has a Power Armor with an Arm Cannon replacing the right arm. That cannon can shoot missiles or blast the enemy with a dozen of different rays: Plasma Beam, Wave Beam, Hyper Beam, Phazon Beam...
- The Blaster archetype in City of Heroes runs on this. For at least half of the power sets, the first few powers involve firing fire, ice, radiation, energy, etc. from the hands.
- Vectorman has energy guns in the palms of his hands.
- The Boss from Jumper Two attacks by shooting red (which you must avoid) and blue (which you must reflect) energy balls from his hands.
- Red Faction: Armageddon has this, coming from the Magicfrom Technology nano-forge.
- Appears several times in the Rolling Thunder franchise: Maboo in the NES version of the original, Gimdo in the Genesis version of Rolling Thunder 2, and Dread in the second phase of his final battle.
- Inazuma Eleven 2 has the Ganymede Proton hissatsu technique which uses a Hand Blast for soccer of all things; the user stands behind the ball, facing the opposing team's goal, and directs the beam at the ball to send it flying at the goal. Apparently it's technically not a handball if you don't directly touch the ball with either hand, or maybe Rule of Cool just takes precedence over the other rules.
- One of the Weapon Styles in DC Universe Online.
- Ellie of Monster Tale has a bracelet that lets her do this.
- Players in E.Y.E.: Divine Cybermancy have access to a powerful psychic blast from their left hand, used mostly when an enemy is too close for long weapons to be aimed. The blast causes weak enemies to explode in a shower of blood, while more powerful enemies are violently shoved backwards.
- The Slayer from the multiplayer mode of Mass Effect 3 has the phase disruptor, drawing from their barriers for an area of effect blast from their palm.
- One of the unlockable moves available to Raiden in Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance might as well just be called "Hand Blast". Quick, easy to execute, and short ranged, but it knocks enemies back and is useful for shoving objects out of the way.
- Ranged destruction spells work like this in The Elder Scrolls. The default fire spell in Skyrim, for example, is a gout of flame being blasted from the casters hand.
- XRS The suit allows the wearer to fire extremely destructive energy beams of pure radiation from his palms. These beams can vary in intensity and size.It can also do a similar attack with bolts of electricity which have a bit less damaging effect.
- Project 0: Noor is the first seen using these, the others might be able to too.
- In El Goonish Shive, Ellen has an innate Transformation Ray ability which is fired in this fashion.
- According to the magic system, hand beams are going to be Ellen's specialty, at least for a while.
- And here is some Foreshadowing that she has several others.
- Tedd (as Lord Tedd) uses a gauntlet that does this in his dream.
- Ben from Breakpoint City can shoot blasts of electricity from his hands.
- The mysterious girl in the beginning of Sarab has a gauntlet that does this.
- Wayward Sons: A number of characters' powers can be used for this.
- Liches in Angel Of Death can fire explosive blasts and, at higher levels, solid beams of magical energy.
- Chaka of the Whateley Universe has picked up one of these from watching a ninja use a Ki attack on her. She calls it the 'Chaka Chaka Bang Bang'.
- Plenty of Energizers like Golden Girl can do it too.
- Space Ghost uses his power bands to fire stun rays, heat rays and so on.
- In his later years as a talk show host, he also showed off his "smell ray".
- Shego's "plasma" blasts from Kim Possible (the original concept was that the blasts were from devices in her gloves; it was later established as an inherent superpower).
- One-shot Kim Possible villain Gemini has an artificial hand that can deliver electric shocks and launch bullet-sized missiles.
- While not really a thing ghosts usually do, Danny can fire ectoplasmic blasts or "Ghost Rays" from his hands.
- Finn from Adventure Time has the Gauntlet of the Hero until it's destroyed.
- Big Guy and Rusty the Boy Robot: Rusty does it, and actually makes a shotgun style cocking of the arm before doing so.
- Before he became an attorney, Birdman was a Winged Humanoid superhero who shot power blasts from his hands. They were solar-powered, so savvy villains often tried to trap him in dark places.
- Like her comic counterpart, Starfire of Teen Titans is able to do this by feeling "righteous fury", and her sister Blackfire is able to do this in a similar fashion. Raven and Jinx can do this as well, but through magic rather than emotions.
- Most 'bots in Challenge Of The Go Bots shoot beams out of their fists. Scooter is an exception, using his holo-disguise for infiltration. One episode has him replacing his damaged holo-generator with a hand-blast system, but the kick turns out to be too much for a small 'bot like him, so he goes back to the holo-generator.
- The Pistol Shrimp uses this attack as a hunting weapon: it can snap its claw shut so fast that the cavitation bubble generated can incapacitate or kill a small fish up to 4 centimeters (1.6 inches) away.