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A character has something driven into the palm of his hand and right out the other side. Usually a knife, but may be a bullet. Crucially, it is done deliberately and usually (if it's not a bullet), quite slowly.

This may be done for several reasons:
* To make us sympathise with him, while [[JustAFleshWound injuring him in a way that allows him to carry on operating mostly unhindered]].
* To demonstrate his machismo [[MajorInjuryUnderreaction when he simply withdraws the object and carries on]], or in some cases carries on without even bothering with the first part.
* To demonstrate his ''extreme'' machismo when [[MachoMasochism it was he who drove the object into his own palm in the first place]].
* To [[RealityEnsues cause intense pain and incapacitate that person's hand]] without causing irreversible damage.
* To [[WhatDoYouMeanItsNotSymbolic imply some parallel with another guy who once suffered similar wounds.]]

Related to {{Fingore}}. May be caused by a FiveFingerFillet. May result in PinnedToTheWall.



[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* ''Anime/YuGiOh'': When [[EnemyWithin the Other Bakura]] challenges Yugi and friends to a Tabletop RPG where their souls are literally at stake and he's gleefully playing the role of KillerGameMaster, the ''real'' Bakura manages to take back control of his hand and sabotage a roll that would have otherwise resulted in a TotalPartyKill. Unfortunately for him, the Other Bakura prevents him from meddling further by impaling said hand on one of the game board's towers.
** This nearly happens to Ushio in a Shadow Game against Yugi's SuperpoweredEvilSide in which the players have to stab stacks of money on their hands without hitting any flesh. Ushio realizes that he's about to stab full-force, which would send the knife through his hand, so he tries to TakeAThirdOption and stab Yugi. In doing so, however, he incurs Yugi's [[MindRape wrath]].
* ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist'':
** Roy Mustang is stabbed through his palm, damaging the design on his gloves, and impeding him from using his powers. He was also pinned in a CrucifiedHeroShot and used as a human sacrifice, so it's probably deliberate symbolism.
** Major General Armstrong shoves her sword through a hapless official while attacking the heads of Amestris's goverment.
* ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'':
** Grimmjow stabs Ichigo through his hand, pinning it to the asphalt to prevent him getting away while Grimmjow (who only has one arm at this point) charges a cero. Rukia has a tough time pulling the sword out afterwards.
** Once [[spoiler:Szayel]] is effectively paralyzed, his extended hand is pierced through by Mayuri's sword, which slides through it and into his heart. This is seemingly done just to prolong his suffering, as Mayuri could have gone straight for the heart and knew [[TimeDissonance even these seconds of injury would feel like years]].
* In the manga of ''Manga/KareKano'', Arima impales his own palm with his boxcutter after [[spoiler: his massive heart-to-heart with Yukino in the school library finishes with him pretty much ''raping'' her]]. Luckily, his dad is a doctor and patches him up. [[spoiler: But not before the still shell-shocked Arima tries to go to school while hiding his injury (read: wrapping his injury in a bandage and then keeping both hands in his pockets, which sends Yukino in a full GetAHoldOfYourselfMan mood.]]
* In one episode of ''Manga/CityHunter'', Ryo Saeba fires his gun through his own hand to slow the bullet so he can shoot the bad guy without harming an innocent bystander.
* In an episode of ''LightNovel/{{Durarara}}'', Seiji stabs Shizuo through the hand with a pen. He concludes that he'd better buy some band-aids before pulling it out. Or superglue.
* The eponymous character of ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'' gets stabbed through the hand four different times:
** At the beginning of the Zabuza arc, Naruto is poisoned by a cut on his hand. Rather than compromise the mission, he stabs himself to bleed out the poison.
** He inflicts pain by stabbing himself to break out of an illusion.
** Naruto lets himself get stabbed in the hand by Kabuto, to get close enough to hit him with the Rasengan.
** During Naruto's fight with Pain, both hands are pierced with Pain's [[RetractableWeapon chakra rods]], pinning them to the ground and also paralyzing him.
* ''Manga/OnePiece'':
** In the ''Arlong Arc'', Nami pretends to stab Usopp to give him the chance to escape from the villains. In order to make it look more believable, she stabs herself through the hand instead.
** An EstablishingCharacterMoment for Bellamy in the manga during the ''Jaya arc'' is when he plays a game of cards against a fellow pirate and loses. As the man reaches for his winnings, Bellamy stabs the man's hand before knocking him out of the second story window. [[{{Bowdlerise}} The anime removes the stabbing]], and Bellamy instead just grabs him by the hand.
** Vice Admiral Momonga stabbed himself through the hand to block Boa Hancock's lust-inducing abilities from turning him into stone. She was impressed.
* In the ''Manga/MagicalRecordLyricalNanohaForce'' manga, Cypha of Hückebein activates her powerful React mode by plunging a dagger into her left palm (so that it enters her wrist -- ouch). However, thanks to her crazy HealingFactor, she doesn't even wince.
* ''Manga/DGrayMan'':
** Miranda Lotto gets her hands nailed to a clock by the sadistic Road Kamelot.
** Later in the manga, Apochryphos pins Tyki Mikk to the wall by his hands, then ''grows nails out of his hands'' which impale Tyki's palms
* During the infamous "Hundred Man Killer" fight in ''Manga/{{Berserk}}'', Guts catches a crossbow bolt in his palm to prevent it from hitting him in a more vital area. He kills the archer, breaks the bolt and continues to fight one-handed.
* In ''Manga/{{Sanctuary}}'', Hojo Akira must prove his resolve to join the Yakuza. He does this by stabbing his own hand through and through with a knife, without hesitation. He sweats a little bit from the effort, and thinks 'it hurts so much I could cry.' But Hoja's expression does not change throughout the ordeal. His mentor, Mr. Tokai, notes later that no-one else has ever shown him the guts Hoja demonstrated.
* In ''Manga/MaidenRose'' after Berkut puts his hand beneath Taki's chin mid-fight and mocks him, [[PintsizedPowerhouse Taki]] hurls Berkut across the cabin and pins his hand to the ground with his [[KatanasAreJustBetter sword]].
* In ''Anime/RebuildOfEvangelion'', Shinji's hands are pierced by Sahaqiel's anthropomorphic thing. Later, he's seen wearing bandages on his hands. [[WhatDoYouMeanItsNotSymbolic Given that it's Eva...]]
* Happens to Kurogane in ''Manga/TsubasaReservoirChronicle'' as part of his DeusAngstMachina back story.
* Showcasing how mind-fucked all three characters involved are, the first team called Zero drives a nail into Soubi's palm in ''{{Manga/Loveless}}''.
* In ''[[LightNovel/HaruhiSuzumiya The Disappearance of Haruhi Suzumiya]]'', [[spoiler: Asakura]] stabs [[spoiler: Kyon]] in the chest ''through'' his hands.
* Similarly to the above, in ''Manga/DogsBulletsAndCarnage'' Badou got a sword stabbed through his hand and [[EyeScream into his eye]].
* In ''Anime/PrincessTutu'' at one point when Drosselmeyer takes control of Fakir and forces him to write the story of Ahiru's death, which would then come true, he stabs his own hand with a letter-opener to stop it from writing.
* In ''Manga/YuYuHakusho'', Kurama throws a rose [[Anime/SailorMoon Tuxedo Mask-style]] through Karasu's hand. Karasu is completely unimpressed and pulls it out.
** Also Hiei does this to himself. When he first talks to Shigure, he insisted Hiei won't make it through the surgery for the Jagan eye. In order to prove himself Hiei stabs his left palm with his sword and says he'll be able to handle it.
* During one fight in ''Manga/{{AIKI}}'', Hou Mei blocks a dagger with her bare hand... which lets her counterattack freely now that the opponent's weapon is stuck through her palm.
* When Darcia returns to his ransacked mansion in ''Anime/WolfsRain'', he finds one of his servants with her hands nailed to the door.
* In ''Manga/DanceInTheVampireBund'', the entrances to [[spoiler:the temples in South America and under Mt. Fuji]] can only be unlocked by vampire blood...provided by twin blades skewering the hand of the vampire in question.
* In ''Manga/IchiTheKiller'', Kakihara likes to do this to people with his needles. At one point, he puts a needle through the clasped palms of his henchmen [[CreepyTwins Jiro and Saburo]] as punishment for killing someone he wanted kept alive.
* In ''LightNovel/LordMarksmanAndVanadis'', when Zion [[AttemptedRape tries to rape Titta]], Tigre rescues her by firing an arrow through Zion's hand.
* In ''Anime/RurouniKenshin'', Okina does this during his fight with Aoshi after he finds himself backed into a corner, and this wins him a free hit with his most powerful attack. It doesn't work though, as Aoshi immediately unleashes the most powerful attack of his own and slashes Okina down.

* ''Comicbook/{{Preacher}}'': Bad guy drives a knife all the way through Tulip's hand ''into a car dashboard''. [[ActionGirl Tulip]] eventually gathers the strength to ''pull it off by herself'' (excruciating pain included) in order to get free and save her boyfriend.
* Bullseye gets a taste of his medicine and then some, when Comicbook/{{Daredevil}} pushes his hands into the path of a bullet. While [[BloodstainedGlassWindows fighting in a church]]. In another instance, ThePunisher (who was going through a difficult period in his life and decided not to kill him) shot Bullseye in both hands in revenge for framing him for the murder of an innocent family.
* In the ''ComicBook/PainkillerJane''/ Comicbook/{{Vampirella}} crossover, Jane shows Vamp that she is tough enough to hang with vampires when she slams her hand through a letter spike then asks to shake on the new partnership with the spike still in her hand.
* In ''ComicBook/ElfQuest'', Shuna willingly subjects herself to this trope when Strongbow is falling to his death from a cliff. With nothing but bare stone for him to aim a cord-trailing arrow at, she extends her hand and allows him to shoot it through her palm, after which other elves can pull the archer to safety.
* In ''Comicbook/ThePunisherMAX'' stoy arc "In the Beginning", Frank Castle is being attacked by an AxCrazy [[MadeOfIron tank]] named Pittsy. Pittsy beats the Punisher's face into hamburger, then grabs a nastily large shard of broken glass and proceeds to stab him repeatedly with it. CrowningMomentOfAwesome when Castle resolves the situation by catching the glass ''in his palm''...then snapping off the larger part of it, [[spoiler:picking up Pittsy and throwing him out a window]].
* ''Comicbook/ArkhamAsylumASeriousHouseOnSeriousEarth'' has Batman impaling his hand on a piece of glass. The original script called for it to be merely scratched but the art depicted the glass going right through his hand. The reason is to come to his senses after the experience of being psychoanalyzed by ''the Joker''. The model for McKean's art in that panel was Creator/NeilGaiman with a pair of sunglasses.
* In Franchise/{{Batman}}, ComicBook/RasAlGhul came back from the dead after his body was destroyed. His first attempt was into the body of a martial artist action star, who had poisoned his own body to foil Ra's plans. Ra's took control of the body, but it was dying and numb of feeling. To demonstrate this, Ra's stabs his own hand, and continues to talk to his daughter Talia while his eye is visible staring out the clean, bloodless hole in his palm.
* ComicBook/{{Wolverine}} once put some sugar on his hand and described an old trick of killing a fly without scratching one's self while at a bar, then when the fly landed he demonstrated that he was nowhere near that subtle by pinning his hand to the table with his knife (killing the fly) and getting up to confront the man behind him. (To be sure, physical injuries are [[GoodThingYouCanHeal less of an issue for him]] than for most people.)
* ComicBook/TransformersMoreThanMeetsTheEye: Whirl shoots an arrow through the captain's, [[spoiler:Megatron's]] hand, to piss him off and goad him into a fight.
* {{ComicBook/XIII}} does this to himself : the pain keeps him from falling asleep on a sinking boat.
* In ''[[ComicBook/RobynHood Robyn Hood: I Love NY]]'' #11, Robyn stabs Fuchs through the palm with a piece of splintered wood. This doesn't even slow Fuchs down, as he pulls a LodgedBladeRecycling by pulling the shard out of his hand and slashing Robyn with it.

[[folder: Fan Works]]
* Happens to young Obi Wan Kenobi during a torture session in the ''Franchise/StarWars'' fic ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/11358273/1/Rebellion-on-Rindega Rebellion on Rindega]]''.
* A more comedic example of this trope happens to Eve in ''Fanfic/GGKronosButIHaveForesight''. The comedic part of it comes from the fact that she's actually not injured since it's a Celestial bronze sword stuck in her hand, and she's fully mortal; mortals cannot be hurt by Celestial bronze.

* Constable Angel in ''Film/HotFuzz'' is stabbed in the palm by a MallSanta[[note]] played by Creator/PeterJackson. [[/note]] with some scissors.
* Eric Draven in ''Film/TheCrow'' first demonstrates his regenerating powers by getting shot through the middle of the palm of his hand.
* Roy Batty in ''Film/BladeRunner'' keeps himself alive for a few crucial moments longer by driving a nail into his own palm.
* Chuck Noland in ''Film/CastAway'' does this to himself with a sharp piece of wood, which leads to the creation of [[CompanionCube Wilson.]]
* In ''Film/TheButterflyEffect'', the main character does this ''to himself'', to get stigmata-like scars on his hands as a little kid, as a part of a complex plan to get his religious present-day cellmate to believe him. (TimeTravel is involved.)
* In ''Film/{{Eraser}}'', the heroes take cover from a shuriken bomb under the door of a tipped-over refrigerator. Holding it above their heads, Creator/ArnoldSchwarzenegger's character gets one right through the center of his palm and yanks it straight off.
* Will Scarlet (Creator/ChristianSlater) in the film ''Film/RobinHoodPrinceOfThieves'' has his hand pierced through by Robin's arrow.
* ''Film/{{Daredevil}}'':
** Elektra, with her own knife. Pulling it out looks agonisingly painful.
** Bullseye again, seeing as this scene is derived from the comic books example up top.
* The title character of ''The Pawnbroker'' does this to himself at the end of the movie.
* The heroine of the movie ''Film/{{Nikita}}'' snaps and does this to a policeman with a pencil. She actually stabs it into the ''back'' of his hand, which paradoxically looks as though it would hurt more.
* ''Film/FromDuskTillDawn'': Richard Gekko gets a bullet through his palm. In one scene, he looks through it at his brother.
* Creator/DolphLundgren's character in ''Film/JohnnyMnemonic'' does this to Jane, specifically because he has a Christ complex.
* ''Film/BloodSimple'': Abby nails Visser's hand to a windowsill with a steak knife.
* ''Film/TheGeneral'': Martin Cahill believes one of his associates betrayed him, so he has someone nail his hands to a pool table.
* Used to great effect in ''Film/TheCrazies2010''. The victim even manages to kill his attacker, while the knife is *still* impaling his hand.
* In ''Film/TheHandmaiden'', [[spoiler: Uncle Kouzuki]] drills a hole into one of [[spoiler: Fujiwara's]] hands.
* In the film ''Film/StarshipTroopers'', the main characters are in basic training, learning how to throw knives. One cadet asks Sergeant Zim why throwing knives is important in an age when pressing a button can unleash nuclear weapons with far more power. Zim orders him to lay his hand against a wall, and throws a knife through his palm, pinning it. He explains (while the cadet moans painfully in the background) that by disabling a hand, you can prevent that button from being pressed.
* In ''Film/RikiOhTheStoryOfRicky'', Ricky gets stabbed in the hand and just nonchalantly rips the object out while [[KubrickStare staring at his aggressor.]]
* In ''Film/HellraiserIIIHellOnEarth'', Pinhead pulls two nails from his head and shoves them through the palms of his hands, deliberately mocking the resultant crucifixion imagery to freak out Joey.
* In ''Film/ReturnOfTheLivingDead3'', Julie shoves a shard of glass into her hand to drown out the pain of her HorrorHunger.
* Solozzo did this to Luca Brasi in the movie version of ''Film/TheGodfather'' to prevent him reaching for his gun. This is, of course, pure RuleOfScary: in the book Solozzo simply held Brasi's arm. There is a further practical purpose to the impalement; it caused Luca to scream in agony, and given that he's immediately garrotted afterward, he dies all the quicker for being unable to take a breath.
* In the film ''Film/TotalEclipse'', which is based on the [[MasochismTango dysfunctional relationship]] between poets Arthur Rimbaud and Paul Verlaine, Rimbaud stabs Verlaine's palm with a knife. Verlaine later returns the favor with a bullet.
* The titular protagonist of ''Film/ElMariachi'' is shot through the hand by his lover's vengeful ex, preventing him from ever playing guitar again. [[spoiler: El Mariachi responds by shooting the man through the chest]].
* Happens in a fight in ''Film/YoungGunsII'', and Chavez y Chavez, Lou Diamond Phillips' character, gets stabbed in the hand with a knife. He then proceeds to knock the fuck out of the guy who stabbed him, one of the other young guns, and casually asks if the fight is over and offers the knife back. By pulling it out.
* Ripley 8 does this to herself in ''Film/AlienResurrection'' to demonstrate her inhuman nature.
* When a sudden eye grows out of protagonist's palm in ''Film/TheGate'', he promptly stabs it with a shard of glass. Oh, and he's just a kid.
* ''Film/XMenFilmSeries''
** Erik PerpSweating the ex-Nazi in Argentina in ''Film/XMenFirstClass''.
-->'''Erik:''' ''(reading what's engraved on the knife)'' Blood and Honor. Which would you care to shed first?
** In ''Film/TheWolverine'', Logan does this to a hunter that survived a bear attack, using the same arrow the hunter used on the bear which then caused it severe pain and suffering and forcing Logan to perform a MercyKill on it.
* Among the more disturbing images in Creator/IngmarBergman's ''Film/{{Persona}}'' is a hand being nailed to something.
* Averted in ''Film/{{Stigmata}}''. Frankie's wounds are through her ''wrists'', and she gleefully notes that they should be through her ''palms'' if she has stigmata. However, Father Kiernan notes that historic crucifixions were done through the wrist.
* ''Film/ThePassionOfTheChrist'': You'll never guess which scene.
* In ''Film/{{Colombiana}}'', the heroine is confronted, as a small girl, with the man who has just killed her parents. He asks her to hand over an object her father has given her for safe keeping, and holds out his hand across a table. She unclips a knife hidden under the table and pins his palm to the tabletop. Ouch.
* Alice suffers this in ''Film/ResidentEvilAfterlife'', due to a surprise knife attack by [[spoiler: Bennett]].
* ''Film/{{Parker}}'' does this to [[{{Determinator}} give himself a grip so that he can throw an assassin off his balcony.]]
* Happens to [[spoiler:Spider]] during ''Film/{{Elysium}}''. It doesn't slow him down for long.
* ''Film/MadMaxFuryRoad''. Max covers his eyes whenever he has a hallucination of his dead daughter. This instinctive reaction saves his life when a War Boy simultaneously shoots him with a crossbow, giving Max an ImpaledPalm [[ArrowCatch instead of an impaled head]].
* In ''Film/GodzillaVsBiollante'', one of Biollante's vines goes through Godzilla's left hand.
* In the first fight scene of ''Film/CaptainAmericaTheWinterSoldier'', Cap stops a pirate from throwing an alarm switch by throwing a knife into his hand, pinning it to the wall.
* The killer in the horror film ''Film/ABladeInTheDark'' does this to one of his victims in the bathroom, pinning her hand to the counter with a knife before throwing a bag over her head to suffocate her and then finishing her off with a SlashedThroat.
* In the WWI movie ''Film/{{Passchendaele}}'', a Canadian soldier gets a bayonet to his palm while trying to deflect it from his face. He overpowers his German attacker and delivers a NoHoldsBarredBeatdown on him ''with the same injured fist'' whilst [[ClusterFBomb screaming obscenities]].
* [[BigBad Dukhovich]] in ''Film/TheHitmansBodyguard'' stabs [[spoiler:Assistant Director [[TheMole Foucher]]]] in the palm with a ''pen'' when the latter comes over trying to weasel out on the deal.

* Fighting creatures in the ''Literature/{{Redwall}}'' series suffer from this a lot, frequently instead of having a weapon go through more vital areas because the author wants to keep them around or make them suffer. A common variation is having their paws pinned to objects by arrows going clear through.
* In the classic Chinese novel ''Literature/RomanceOfTheThreeKingdoms'', the captain of a besieged city is hurling taunts along with his troops down at Sun Ce's army, leaning on a wooden beam with one hand and making rude gestures with the other. Recently recruited Taishi Ci turns to Sun Ce and says "Watch this" before taking his bow and firing a shot that pins the captain's hand to the beam from fifty yards away.
* Two examples from Creator/StephenKing:
** In ''Literature/{{Thinner}}'', the main character is shot through the hand by a gypsy girl with a slingshot. The resultant hole is later drained into a pie in order to pass on his curse.
** In ''Literature/TheDarkHalf'', Thad stabs himself through the hand with a pencil [[ItMakesSenseInContext while possessed by the spirit of his own dead pseudonym]].
* In ''Discworld/FeetOfClay'', Carrot deliberately sticks his hand in the path of a villain's silver-tipped crossbow bolt to shield Angua, a werewolf for whom even a superficial wound would've been toxic.
** Also used in ''Discworld/TheTruth'', when William's hand gets impaled by The Spike during the struggle with Mr. Pin. [[spoiler: This backfires on Pin when William frantically smacks at his attacker, and "spikes" him in the neck!]]
* In the fourth ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'' novel, ''Summer Knight'', Harry is forced to drive a letter opener through the back of his own hand by Mab, who did it to prove that she has taken over his debt from Lea.
* Jack Shandy does this to himself, ''twice'' in ''Literature/OnStrangerTides'' as part of the voodoo magic needed to take Blackbeard down. He essentially wields a sword with a spike in the hilt that goes through his hand, because it needs to be touching his blood to cancel out the bad mojo that Blackbeard is using.
* In ''Literature/{{Neverwhere}}'', Vandemar does this to himself after being unimpressed by Croup's knife-throwing act (in which [[ComicallyMissingThePoint Croup didn't even hit one of his own fingers]]). Being a supernatural whatever-the-hell-he-is, he feels no pain and doesn't bleed.
* Grandma Mazur takes an icepick through the hand in the second book of the Literature/StephaniePlum series. While she rallies, it's also one of the more vulnerable moments for the character, as it forces her to admit that she's not as tough as she claims to be.
* In the SpyFiction ''Running Blind'' by Desmond Bagley, the protagonist captures a man he suspects is TheMole, and shoots him through the palm to encourage him to talk. When he's later captured by the KGB, the mole enters the room, straightaway has the KGB put his hand against the wall and [[{{revenge}} shoots him through the palm]]. This causes problems later when he has to work the bolt of a sniper rifle; he eventually passes out and his girlfriend has to take over.
* In ''The Japanese Corpse'', one of Janwillem van der Wetering's Amsterdam Cop novels, the [[BadassGrandpa Comissaris]] is taken prisoner by a {{Yakuza}} who tries to force him to commit {{Yubitsume}}. The Comissaris pretends to be clumsy until the yakuza reaches over to do it for him, upon which he spikes the guy's hand to the table with the knife.

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'': The Mayor lets Angel throw a letter opener through his hand to demonstrate his newly-gained HealingFactor.
* ''Series/{{Angel}}''
** Holtz does this to a new recruit as a punishment, but also a test of her determination. When she refuses to remove the awl pinning her hand to the desk and leave, Holtz knows she has what it takes to join him in his RoaringRampageOfRevenge.
** Angel also saved somebody from being killed by an arrow by catching it through his palm in "War Zone".
** In "Double or Nothing" Angel is playing an AbsurdlyHighStakesGame that if he loses will cost him his soul (which will turn him evil). He hands Cordy a wooden stake and says she knows what to do if that happens (an apparent StakingTheLovedOne trope). When Angel does lose the game, Cordy instead rams the stake through the BigBad's palm, holding him in place so Angel can lop off his head. This doesn't actually ''kill'' the villain (a demon that can regrow his head), but Angel then asks, "Anyone else owe this guy money?" As the assembled onlookers take advantage of the opening to beat the demon into a fine paste, Angel and Cordy skedaddle.
* In an episode of ''Series/{{MASH}}'', Colonel Blake gets a syringe through the palm courtesy of an uncooperative patient.
* Happens to Ducky in ''Series/{{NCIS}}''. He's a little miffed as a doctor but since he specializes in forensics, he says he will be fine. He also [[MajorInjuryUnderreaction dismisses it as "just a defensive wound"]] while ''the knife is still in his hand''.
* In ''Series/RizzoliAndIsles'' as well as the first novel the tv show is based on, Hoyt uses scalpels to impale Det. Jane Rizzoli to the floor. She ends up with scars in both her palms and the back of her hands.
** She later pays him back by shooting him in the hands, stating "now we match."
* Played for laughs in ''Series/{{Scrubs}}'': Dr. Cox' brother-in-law is introduced after he's nailed a piece of wood to his hand with a nail gun. He doesn't seem to care too much about it (because he's been shot full of painkillers). JD, however, immediately faints.
* ''Series/MontyPythonsFlyingCircus'' - A housewife (Terry Jones) shows that tv viewers are indeed idiots by a few demonstrations, one of which involves nailing her own hand to the side of a van and getting dragged away.
* At the tail end of one ''Series/StargateSG1'' episode, Col. O'Neill interrupts Heru'ur's attempted HandBlast by throwing a combat knife through said villain's hand.
* In the ''Series/StargateAtlantis'' episode "The Defiant One", Major Sheppard has to attack an especially persistent Wraith with a knife after they've run out of ammunition. Being able to regenerate, the Wraith just take advantage of being stabbed in the palm to disarm him.
* Thomas from ''Series/DowntonAbbey'' got himself shipped home from the trenches of World War One by intentionally getting a German sniper to shoot him through the hand.
* In ''{{Series/Homeland}}'' [[spoiler:Quinn]] does this to [[spoiler:Brody]] with a penknife while interrogating him, either through losing his temper or as a preplanned RabidCop act to give someone else the chance to play [[GoodCopBadCop Good Cop]].
* On ''Series/{{Heroes}}'', Peter wins a nasty fight against Sylar by blocking the latter's powers, beating the living daylights out of him, and then pins him to a table by driving a [[NailEm nail gun]] through Sylar's palms and groin.
* From ''Series/TheBorgias'', Cesare stabs Giovanni Sforza through the hand with a dinner knife. Giovanni instinctively pulls back and... [[{{Fingore}} it's not pretty]].
* In ''Series/SpartacusWarOfTheDamned'' [[spoiler: Agron]] is crucified in this manner, rendering him unable to hold a sword after his rescue.
** Notably, the series usually had nails driven through a victim's wrist, [[ShownTheirWork as was more practical for holding the body up.]] [[spoiler: Agron]], however, had promised to chop off Julius Caesar's head, so the latter made a point of ruining his sword hand.
* ''Series/{{Luther}}''. Luther is captured by an EvilMatriarch gangster who wants the location of a witness in protective custody. To make Luther know she means business, her grandson opens the conversation by hammering a nail through Luther's palm into a table. Not to be outdone, Luther pulls out the nail with his other hand when it's time to leave.
* ''Series/ItsAlwaysSunnyInPhiladelphia'': The gang [[WilliamTelling throws darts]] at Dennis's hand as part of their bizarre, abusive homemade boardgame. One hits his palm dead center, and he doesn't flinch. Made even more impressive creepy when you find out [[spoiler: he was sober.]]
* At least two clips on ''Series/WorldsDumbest'' feature a magician facing at least two overturned plastic cups, one of which is hiding a sharp object, and trying to slap the cup that doesn't have grievous injury waiting beneath. [[EpicFail Guess how well it goes.]]

* In the video for "Hit and Run," Lolo's character gives this to one of the men who raped and murdered her little sister, pinning his hand to a table. He pulls the knife out, but she shoots him dead before he can retaliate.

[[folder:Religion and Mythology]]
* UsefulNotes/{{Jesus}} is often depicted nailed to the cross this way. See Real Life below for why this wouldn't work.

* In ''VideoGame/ResidentEvil4'', Leon does this to one of the villains by throwing his knife. Leon gets it back, since one of said villain's bodyguards [[PressXToNotDie throws it back at him]]. This is a notable example because it's not done for any of the reasons listed above, being instead a ShutUpHannibal showing that, for Leon, the time for bantering with Salazar is over.
* One of the first of many tortures inflicted upon Ethan Winters in ''VideoGame/ResidentEvil7Biohazard'' is his wife driving a screwdriver through his left hand, nailing it to a wall. He manages to pull it out moments before [[AnArmAndALeg she comes back with a chainsaw]].
* It's possible to do this in ''VideoGame/RedDeadRedemption'' with throwing knives and carefully aimed gunshots.
* In ''VideoGame/BioshockInfinite'' Booker can get stabbed through the hand with a knife by an enemy acting like a tram ticket salesman, which you can avoid by realizing he's acting suspicious and shooting him first. If you let him stab Booker, Elizabeth's shoddy bandaging job with part of her dress will remain visible on Booker's hand for the rest of the game.
* An uncommon HEAT action in ''Videogame/{{Yakuza}}'' when Kazuma is holding a knife near a wall is to throw the mook at the wall, then stab his hand against the wall.
* ''[[VideoGame/DevilMayCry Devil May Cry 3]]'': After being defeated in an intense battle of SiblingRivalry Dante gets back up and attempts to attack his brother, Vergil with his bare fist. Unfortunately he's not fast enough as Vergil manages to stop his fist by impaling it on his katana. Luckily for Dante, he has regenerating demon powers, so he simply rips his hand out of the blade and it heals almost instantly.
* The [[PlayerCharacter Dragonborn]] is victim to this in the ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim Skyrim]]'' DLC ''Dawnguard''. [[MajorInjuryUnderreaction They're fine]].
* In a ShoutOut to ''Film/{{Passchendaele}}'', a French soldier is seen receiving a German bayonet to his palm during the opening cutscene of the ''VideoGame/Battlefield1'' War Story, "Storm of Steel".

[[folder:Visual Novels]]
* This comes into play in ''[[VisualNovel/SuperDanganRonpa2 Danganronpa 2]]'' as [[spoiler: one of the [[{{Squick}} many]] self-inflicted injuries involved in Nagito's attempt to camouflage his [[AccidentalMurder suicide-by-proxy.]]]]

[[folder:Web Comics]]
* ''Webcomic/GirlGenius'':
** Von Pinn [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20040903 does this purposely]] to catch Bang's sword -- and crushes the hilt despite the wound.
--->'''Von Pinn:''' I live with pain. I use it. ''Cultivate'' it.
** In the "Maxim Buys a Hat" side story, [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20100526 Old Man Death spikes Jäger Maxim's hand to the table with a carving knife]]. Maxim's only reaction is to lick the blood off the wound.
** All Martellus von Blitzengaard [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20131122 gets from trying to strangle]] [[KnifeNut Bangladesh DuPree]] is an impaled palm.
* Happens to Webcomic/BobTheAngryFlower [[spoiler:repeatedly]] during the Foment storyline.
* Invoked twice in the same ''Webcomic/SluggyFreelance'' [[http://sluggy.com/comics/archives/daily/061107 strip]] to different characters.
* ''Webcomic/TowerOfGod:'' [[PapaWolf Hon Arkraptor]] pierces [[EvilOldFolks Yeongsook's]] wand hand while holding her mouth shut.
-->"Shhhh! There are children listening!"
* ''Webcomic/DrowTales:'' [[spoiler:Ariel]] gets a knife through her hand, pinning her to a table. (The stabber then 'helps' her free herself by ''cutting her entire arm off at the shoulder.'')
* In ''Webcomic/DumbingOfAge'' [[spoiler: Amber]] did this to Sal in a fit of rage after being goaded to by her father. Sal wears gloves all the time to hide the scar.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* On ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'', Fry accidentally nails his hand to a sign. A "No Employee Accidents in X Days" sign.
* In one of the first episodes of the {{Uncancelled}} ''WesternAnimation/BeavisAndButthead'', [[TheDitz Beavis]] accidentally screws a screw into his hand when trying to screw it into the butt of one of Stewart's action figures. Then Butthead tries to unscrew it, but ends up [[TooDumbToLive screwing it into Beavis' OTHER hand]]. After the screw is removed (and Beavis overdoses on painkiller pills) he's mistaken by a cult for the reincarnation of their leader - and he's [[SplitPersonality Cornholio]], to boot!
** Also in the earlier episode "Wet Behind The Rears" Beavis gets speared through the hand by a javelin.
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' episode "Bye Bye Nerdie" Homer gets shot through his hands (among other places) when he carelessly hands Maggie a nailgun.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/SpongebobSquarepants'' episode "Jellyfishing", Patrick instructs Squidward to hold onto a jellyfish net even though his hand is in a cast. When it doesn't stay on, Patrick jams the handle through, and Squidward's reaction implies it penetrated more than the cast.
-->'''Firmly grasp it!'''

[[folder:Real Life]]
* Despite all known imagery of the Crucifix, likely averted in actual crucifixions. Driving the nails through the palms into the wood would achieve little, as the weight of the person would cause them to tear free. Therefore, the nails would be driven between the bones of the forearm near the wrist. Or people would be tied with rope around the wrists.
* Magician David Blaine does a stunt where he sticks an ice pick through his hand.
* In real life, an open palm is enough to stop a 9mm round, meaning a quick thinking (and lucky) person can suffer this instead of a fatal gunshot.

* One of the many versions of PickACard tricks Creator/PennAndTeller did had a blindfolded Teller ready to stab a card on the table while Penn spreads them out and shuffles them around. Naturally, he stabs down before Penn's finished, driving the blade right through Penn's hand-- and impaling the Three of Clubs on the blade.