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->''"One fist may not be able to destroy the world... but it can certainly destroy you!"''
-->-- '''Kai Kitamura''', ''VideoGame/SuperRobotWarsOriginalGeneration''

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There's just something [[GoodOldFisticuffs primal and gratifying]] about the image of [[BarehandedBladeBlock bare hands]] [[NeverBringAKnifeToAFistFight beating swords]]. However, it gets really, really ridiculous when the main character has to try and do that every episode.

Solution? Weaponise the fist.

Brass knuckles, possibly [[SpikesOfVillainy spiked]]. Armored gauntlets, with or without taloned fingertips. [[WolverineClaws A set of blades strapped to the back of the fist and used like claws]], [[{{Wolverine}} Wolverine-style]]. [[SwissArmyWeapon Some hardcore mix of the above.]]

Or perhaps a deeper affectation? Perhaps [[BearsAreBadNews a giant bear paw]], with claws like knives. Perhaps a [[TakenForGranite petrified fist of granite]]. Maybe someone even grafted the devil's own unholy mitt onto your forearm to replace a lost hand - a literal RedRightHand, maybe. A lot harder to hide without shapeshifting, and perhaps [[GlamourFailure even despite shapeshifting]], but hey, it probably [[WhatDoYouMeanItsNotDidactic represents the character's inner rage or something]]. The advent of high technology gives even more options. Going back to the gauntlet, you can add powerful servos to give you a crushing grip, [[HandBlast field emitters or energy projectors]] for added offensive or defensive power. Or maybe you can just [[RocketPunch launch the whole thing at 'em]]. If you have a [[ArtificialLimbs mechanical arm]], these features may be built into it.

May enable such various powers and LimitBreak super-attacks as: MegatonPunch, RocketPunch, or HandBlast.
Occasionally, someone will use [[ArmedLegs special combat]] ''[[ArmedLegs footwear]]'', either as a complement or alternative to this.

Subtrope of WeaponOfChoice. See also TrickedOutGloves for a non-offensive version, and PowerPalms for a more open source.



[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* ''Anime/MazingerZ'': The titular mecha not only sported a RocketPunch -it is the TropeNamer and TropeMaker, in fact-, but in one episode extendable cutters were added to the forearms (the Iron Cutter). And in another episode, its fists got reinforced to make them sturdier.
** ''Anime/GreatMazinger'': Great Mazinger sports a RocketPunch reinforced with cutters run along the forearm.
** ''Anime/UFORoboGrendizer'': Several triangular blades are attached to the wrists of the HumongousMecha, and bent towards the elbow. When Duke shoots a RocketPunch, the blades turn forward and shred their target.
** ''Anime/{{Mazinkaiser}}'': It also has a RocketPunch with cutters winding around the forearms.
* ''Anime/KotetsuJeeg'': It has TWO different versions of RocketPunch. Also, their fists are reinforced.
* ''Anime/{{Scryed}}'''s lead, Kazuma.
* [[HalfHumanHybrid Liza]] [[WolfMan Wildman]] of ''Manga/MonsterPrincess''/''Princess Resurrection''/''Kaibutsu Ojou''/[[SpellMyNameWithAnS whatever we're calling that show today]].
* The PowerTrio of ''Manga/ProjectARMS'' has these.
* [[GentleGiant Chad]] from ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'', and his Right Arm of the Giant. [[spoiler: Later he adds the Left Arm of the Devil which takes on the offensive role. The right arm now acts as a shield.]]
** Moe Shishigawara's Jackpot Knuckle.
* [[CuteBruiser Subaru]] and [[CoolBigSis Ginga]] from ''Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanohaStrikers'' have one gauntlet each from the pair of [[MagicWand Devices]] [[AncestralWeapon that was once owned]] by their [[ActionMom mother]]. They each get their own set of [[RollerBladeGood armored roller-blades]] as well. Much cooler than it may sound. Also, Fate's armored left gauntlet (with the "Thunder Arm" ability) is a defensive variant.
** In ''Manga/MagicalRecordLyricalNanohaForce'', Veyron's "Claw Grab" seems to fit this trope as it's a claw-shaped gauntlet that allows him to fire non-magical explosive attacks with internal fluids and also seems to enhace his already impressive strenght as one of it's first demonstrations was [[spoiler:blocking and damaging Subaru's own powered gauntlet mentioned above]]. [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin As it's name implies]], it's really good for grabbing things and make them explode ...like [[AnArmAndALeg limbs]] ...or [[YourHeadAsplode heads]].
* Allen Walker from ''Manga/DGrayMan'', and his left arm. Normally, it's an unsightly RedRightHand, though he's one of the nicest guys, ever. When activated, it becomes a monstrously huge metallic paw with large, wicked claws. There is actually a scene where he points out that his claws are too big for him to make a fist. From the same series, there's also Lenalee Lee, whose special weapons are the Dark Boots, which allow her such awesome speed and mobility she might as well be flying, and deliver brutally hard kicking attacks.
** As his left arm evolves, though, it becomes able to turn into a {{BFG}} and a Beam Saber before becoming a smaller, sleeker claw with a prehensile cape, and finally a {{BFS}}.
* ''Manga/BusouRenkin''; Kinjo, one of the humanoid homunculi mid-way through had an Alchemical Weapon Gauntlet, the Peaky Gulliver, and was capable of making that fist freakishly large and crushing anything under its weight.
* ''Manga/HellTeacherNube'''s hand, in which a supreme Oni is sealed, is overwhelmingly powerful on its own for ordinary (or [[TheLegionsOfHell not so ordinary]]) fisticuffs... but later on, Nube learns to release ''just enough'' of the Oni's power to [[VoluntaryShapeShifting turn it into]] [[ShapeshifterWeapon bladed weapons]], shields, gigantic "nets" made of blades and spikes and bone, or even let it take over the rest of his body to overcome particularly nasty foes.
* Chao Lingshen of ''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima'' had one of these to suit her PoweredArmor so she could stand against the more [[HermeticMagic magical]] or [[KiAttacks ki-empowered characters]]. It was later parodied in the AlternateContinuity {{Omake}}s. Later, [[spoiler:Chapter 278 has Jack Rakan summoning a huge one, which he uses to smash Fate Averruncus into the ground with a [[Anime/TheBigO piston-powered]] punch.]]
* ''Anime/{{Macross}}'':
** The Daedalus Attack used in ''Anime/SuperDimensionFortressMacross'' is basically the HumongousMecha version of a power fist, surrounding an aircraft carrier-sized arm with energy shields to pierce enemy armor, and then [[MacrossMissileMassacre firing countless missile batteries]] while the arm is still inside the target. Later ''Macross'' and ''New Macross''-class ships can also do this.
** ''Anime/MacrossFrontier'' notably uses this a few times, once as a homage to the original ''Macross'', [[spoiler:with the GrandFinale having a multi-kilometer mecha get ''obliterated'' by the Power Fist of ''another'' multi-kilometer mecha]].
** By ''Anime/MacrossPlus'', the aforementioned energy shields have been miniaturized to the point where standard Valkyries have them, and a few pilots in ''Plus'', ''Anime/{{Macross 7}}'', and ''Frontier'' have used them to perform a "Pinpoint Barrier Punch".
* Tanarot from ''Manga/MacademiWasshoi'' has a pair of oversized boxing gloves that serve as her primary weapon. This is a perfect match for her personality, which is a ball of energy bound to blow up things. She's very good with them. Also due to the creator being an Otaki, they are shaped like cat paws.
* A variant is found in ''Anime/BubblegumCrisis'': Knuckle Bombers, which are shaped charges attached to a guard over the fist of the heroines' PoweredArmor. Understandably, getting punched by this ''hurts''.
* [[Anime/MobileFighterGGundam This hand of mine glows with an awesome POWER!!! ITS BURNING GRIP TELLS ME TO DEFEAT YOU!!!]]
* Solty from ''Manga/SoltyRei'' can punch a [[HumongousMecha walking tank ten times her size]] [[MegatonPunch into the stratosphere]].
* ''Manga/KatekyoHitmanReborn'': The X-Gloves worn by Sawada Tsunayoshi (and their predecessor, the I-Gloves worn by Vongola I.) Not only do they light on fire, but they allow flight, absorption of other flames, and the ability to FREEZE.
* In ''Manga/BlasterKnuckle'', main character Victor Freeman's weapon of choice are his titular knuckles. It's a gauntlet with four bullet chambers over each knuckle that shoot silver bullets when he punches monsters. The result is a wonderfully gory explosion.
* Minai from ''Manga/CorpsePrincess'' fights with spiked armored gauntlets.
* ''Anime/CodeGeass'' : The Guren's Radiant Wave Surger is basically a PowerFist with wicked-looking talons and a WaveMotionGun built into the palm.
* One of the weapons used by the operatives of Section Nine in the ''Franchise/GhostInTheShell'' anime can essentially be summed up as tazer knuckles. They're primarily for use against combat-rated cyborgs.
* ''Anime/OccultAcademy'': Generally played for laughs, but when Maya gets angry at the male lead, her response will sometimes be to take the bracelet she wears on her right wrist, slip it over her fingers, and use it as an impromptu brass knuckle.
* ''{{Manga/Berserk}}'': It's not often touched upon, but Guts has used his mechanical hand as a weapon in itself against several of his more human enemies.
* ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist'': Major Alex Armstrong has his transmutation circles on giant brass knuckles.
** Part of Envy's HumiliationConga involves a giant pair of transmuted stone hands [[AssShove jabbing them in the ass with their index fingers.]]
* ''Anime/BlackRockShooter'': Strength uses [[DualWielding two of these]]. Either one is bigger than her entire body.
* ''Manga/TwelveBeast'' has the Gigas Slayer, Eita Touga's weapon of choice, aside from his PSP and tablet. The Golem girls in his army also utilize this, alongside their built-in {{arm cannon}}s.
* The Golem girl of ''Manga/DeadlineSummonner'' has two of these as her arms, and a [[ArmCannon cannon built into at least one of them.]]
* Manga/OnePiece introduces Gedatsu with a variation of this trope. He basically puts rockets on his elbows to make his punches faster and therefore stronger.
* Hibiki Tachibana of ''Anime/SenkiZesshouSymphogear'' has PileBunker gauntlets that are ''very'' effective when combined with her Kung Fu training. In season 2, they get an upgrade to RocketPoweredWeapon.
* In ''Anime/GundamBuildFightersTry'', one of Fumina's Winning Gundam's "Winning Road" modes was the Winning Knuckle, a massive fist that would combine with Sekai's Build Burning Gundam. It was used a few times, but abandoned after Fumina made the Star Winning Gundam instead.
* In ''Manga/SaintSeiya'' all fighters wear armor, so they have this by default, but the Dragon Cloth includes a reinforced right gauntlet that is far harder than it should, allowing the Dragon Saint to punch much above his weight.

* Technically an South Korean-Spanish example, Animation/IronKid (Eon Kid in America) about a boy who found a strange object, but now that object is stuck to their arm, but now the boy, his female friend, and dog sidekick go on crazy adventures.

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* A [[UsefulNotes/TheSilverAgeOfComicBooks Silver Age]] story had Franchise/{{Batman}} gain this power temporarily as a result of an experimental chemical splashing on Bruce Wayne's hands, which was later activated when Batman got splashed by a fire hose from a criminal (this isn't SuperStrength; his hands were just reinforced to withstand impact). This example overlaps with BlessedWithSuck as Batman realized this meant he can't fight someone directly, as punches that could dent wrecking balls or smash through brick walls would kill people out right.
* ComicBook/{{Hellboy}} has a literal RedRightHand which is this.
* The ComicBook/FantasticFour enemy the Super-Skrull likes to turn his hands into copies of [[ComicBook/FantasticFour The Thing's]] (no, not [[Film/TheThing1982 that one]]) and combine rocky-skinned superstrong punches with the long reach of Mister Fantastic and sometimes adds a flame and forcefield combo to [[ElementalPunch add to his punches', er, punch]]. In fact he once used this destructive combo-punch and his VoluntaryShapeshifting powers to impersonate Powe...I mean, Iron Fist.
%%* ComicBook/{{Hellboy}}'s RedRightHand [[DoomyDoomsOfDoom of Doom]]!%%
* The Jager Maxim of ''Webcomic/GirlGenius'' wears one of these into combat. Similar devices have also been seen being worn (in flashback) by Dr. Mongfish and The Other.
* Chase of ''ComicBook/{{Runaways}}'' wore the Fistigons, "the most powerful gauntlets ever invented" for a while. And he has recently retrieved them thanks to the wonders of TimeTravel.
* Both versions of Goldengloves from ''ComicBook/AstroCity'' use super-powered alien boxing gloves as their main gimmick.
* The Satan Claw worn by Baron von Strucker, the original Supreme Hydra in the MarvelUniverse. Unfortunately for him, the first person he used the metal weapon on was Magneto.
** Later, ThePunisher acquires one of the Satan Claws and proceeds to beat the snot out of Rhino with it.
* Southpaw (from ''ComicBook/SheHulk''), Gauntlet and Armory (from ''The Initiative''), all created by Dan Slott, and all posessing alien gloves that project energy fists, but can't be removed. All three weapons are related (Southpaw and Gauntlet's were worn by the same alien; Armory's belonged to the one he was fighting.)
* ''ComicBook/StrontiumDog'' protagonist Johnny Alpha used Electro-Knux when engaging in hand to hand combat. Having been created by the same writer, the technology has also appeared in ''ComicBook/JudgeDredd''.
* In ''Comicbook/BatmanTheDarkKnightReturns'' and ''ComicBook/TheDarkKnightStrikesAgain'', Batman wears gloves made out of kryptonite to give him an edge when handing Superman his ass.
* Gully from ''ComicBook/BattleChasers'' has her father's gauntlets which seem to provide the wearer with SuperStrength and invulnerability. Bonus points for Gully being a [[CuteBruiser cute little ten-year-old]].
* The original prototype for the GreenLanternRing was in power glove form.
* [[ComicBook/ImmortalIronFist Iron Fist]]'s superpower is the ability to concentrate his ''chi'' in any part of his body, most commonly his fist, and render it "like unto a thing of iron." The better to punch you with, my dear. His charged-up fist also [[PowerGlows glows]] and shows the [[KirbyDots Kirby krackle]], because.... hey, [[RuleOfCool why not]]?
* ComicBook/{{Hawkman}} wore a {{Magitek}} glove called The Claw of Horus that drew power from the magnetic core of the Earth and knocked The Man of Steel out with [[CurbStompBattle one punch]]([[spoiler: Actually Superman pretended to be knocked out to fool his villains.]]). The glove was later a plot point in ''ComicBook/BrightestDay''.
* ComicBook/{{Batwoman}} has tasers installed in her gloves in the ComicBook/New52. Even without these, her gloves also feature knobby protrusions along the top knuckles, making them functionally similar to brass knuckles.
* ''ComicBook/{{Shakara}}'': The appropriately named Fist is an alien mercenary whose body is about 50% giant fist that he uses to punch through pretty much anything.
* ComicBook/MotherPanic wears attachments on her gloves that are covered in nasty-looking knobby protrusions and greatly resemble the ancient Roman cestus.
* In ''ComicBook/PaperinikNewAdventures'', Paperinik's favored function of his [[SwissArmyWeapon Extransformer shield]] is the Crusher, a powerful and extendible power fist. The Crusher has become [[IconicItem so iconic]] that "classic" Paperinik stories (that ignore the ''Paperinik New Adventures'' continuity) from Denmark have given him a multi-purpose gauntlet as his main weapon.

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* ''Film/TheDarkKnight'' has Batman's hydraulic gauntlet, which can bend gun barrels and pierce the bodywork of a van.
* Gamera in the film ''Film/Gamera3AwakeningOfIrys'' gains the ability to form a fist out of plasma after his real hand is amputated. He uses said plasma-fist to [[spoiler:Punch a hole into Irys and kill him.]]
* ''Film/TheManWhoSavesTheWorld'': Prior to the final battle, the protagonist melts down his golden {{BFS}} and turns it into a pair of magic golden gloves.
* ''Film/AliensVsPredatorRequiem'': The Wolf Predator has one, but he uses it more like a sledgehammer (a tool) than an actual weapon.
* ''Film/InglouriousBasterds'' sees Omar and Donny using punch guns, firearms that slip over the hand and are triggered by the impact of a punch, [[spoiler: just before they break into Hitler's theater box.]]
* The killer in ''Film/DontOpenTillChristmas'' kills an undercover police officer by punching him the neck several times with a spiked pair of brass knuckles.
* ''Franchise/StarWars'' Anakin/DarthVader would use his ArtificialLimb As one. Anakin's arm could punch realisticly harder than a normal hand and a powerful grip.
* ''Film/ArmyOfDarkness'' has Ash switch his trusty [[ChainsawGood chainsaw]] for a mechanized fist.
* Near the end of ''Film/TransformersDarkOfTheMoon'', Optimus Prime deploys a claw attachment to his punching hand, allowing him to basically tear an enemy in half. Of course, since Optimus is 40 feet tall and made entirely of metal, his hands fit this trope all the time.
* In a obscure John Saxon movie, ''The Glove'', prominently features a so-called "riot glove", armored with metal plates and allegedly used by police to beat up hippie demonstrators.
* ''Film/PacificRim'': Cherno Alpha, the Russian Jaeger, has disproportionately large fists when compared to the rest of its body. Said fists have hydraulics to add some power to the punches and Tesla coils that shock Kaiju on impact.
* ''Film/TurboKid'': The Kid has the Turbo Fist which can blast baddies to meaty chunks and the [[BigBad Big Bad's]] [[TheDragon Dragon]], named Skeletron, has his Buzz-saw Fist similar to the ''VideoGame/FalloutNewVegas'' weapon the Industrial Hand with the added bonus of being able to launch the blades.
* ''Film/TerminatorGenisys'': To fight T-3000, whose only weakness is magnets, the good T-800 crafts a pair of gauntlets out of magnetic coils scavenged from loudspeakers.
* ''Film/CaptainAmericaCivilWar'': Crossbones's fists are covered with piston-like devices that allow him to punch Captain America hard enough to send him flying.

* ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'': In ''Discworld/NightWatch'', both [[AntiHero Vimes]] and [[PsychoForHire Carcer]] make frequent use of brass knuckles (amongst other inventions of Sir William Blunt-Instrument).
* One ''[[http://community-2.webtv.net/OurManHermes/degrandin/page3.html Jules de Grandin]]'' story has ordinary humans rendered able to punch supernatural creatures by using [[MundaneMadeAwesome brass knuckles soaked in lime juice]].
* In ''[[Literature/InheritanceCycle Eragon]]'', the title character magically alters his hands so that they have lumps of bone on top, because otherwise [[InvulnerableKnuckles his hands would fracture every time he hit something]].
* In ''Literature/TheMalloreon'', Zakath uses a cestus (essentially a boxing glove that's weighted and spiked to hurt ''more'' instead of less) in his first fight after joining the group because he's out of practice with his sword.
* In ''Literature/{{Animorphs}}'', Marco uses his gorilla morph's fist. "Gorilla. The outward expression of my inward rage". There are also many remarks in other books about his 'canned ham' sized fists.
** Also many instances of Rachel's bear paws coming into play in this manner.
* Downplayed in ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'' when [[spoiler: Jaime Lannister]] has his right hand cut off and straps a solid gold gauntlet in place of it. As he soon discovers, the sheer weight of the thing lets him throw backhands that knock people clear off their feet. Unfortunately, it seems to be the only thing the prosthetic hand is even remotely good for.
* ''Literature/{{Worm}}'' has Tecton, whose [[PoweredArmor suit]] incorporates "piledriver gauntlets". He usually uses them to aid his [[DishingOutDirt geokinesis]], but they can also be used directly as fearsome weapons.
* In ''Literature/UncommonAnimals'', Sam and Rick make use of brass knuckles to even the odds when fighting [[OurWerewolvesAreDifferent werewolves]].

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* ''Series/DoctorWho'': In "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS30E17E18TheEndOfTime The End of Time]]", Rassilon wears a medieval-style gauntlet on his left hand that can act as a remote control for other devices and can vaporize a Time Lord with a gesture ([[KilledOffForReal sorry, no regenerating]]!). He also used it to reverse the Master's transformation of the ''entire human race'' into copies of himself. Beyond that it wasn't used much, so we don't know what else it's really capable of.
* ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'': The lightning-shooting Glove of Myneghon in the episode "[[Recap/BuffyTheVampireSlayerS3E7Revelations Revelations]]", which may have inspired the ''Series/DoctorWho'' example in this section.
* ''Series/GameOfThrones'': House Glover's sigil is an armored fist.
* ''Series/MightyMorphinPowerRangers''[=/=]''Series/NinjaSentaiKakuranger'': the Ninja Megazord/Kakure Daishogun has one on the end of each arm. Their FinishingMove is a powered blow with both of them together.
* This is one of ''Series/KamenRiderFourze's'' signature attacks, which is a jet-powered fist in the shape of a ''rocket''.
* The Walnut Bombers from ''Series/KamenRiderGaim'', which are [[DualWielding weapons]] locked to the Walnut Lock Seed, currently only used by Kamen Rider Knuckle. Interestingly, these weapons can be removed, but it's never explained or seen how.
* ''Series/LukeCage2016'': Willis "Diamondback" Stryker has a gauntlet he slips over his right hand, which can hit with such impact it can break through Kevlar, send people flying 20 feet into the air and pretty much kill with one punch.

* Music/{{Disturbed}}'s "Land of Confusion" AnimatedMusicVideo has [[{{Mascot}} The Guy]] finish off the AnthropomorphicPersonification of {{Greed}} with this.

[[folder:Pro Wrestling]]
* The Wrestling/{{N|ationalWrestlingAlliance}}WA Texas Brass Knuckles Title was established in 1953, and though the basic stipulation was simply to have matches where punching was legal, taped fists and yes, brass knuckles, often did enter into the equation. Several territories started their own brass knuckles divisions as it gained popularity, a World Title for it being started in the 1970s(though it was dead by the 80s). The Wrestling/{{A|mericanWrestlingAssociation}}WA and Wrestling/{{FMW}} had some of the more famous Brass Knuckle divisions outside of the NWA, even though [[TheArtifact it was pretty redundant]] in [[GarbageWrestler the latter]].
* Dominican Republic wrestler Jack Veneno would wrap his fist in tape that was apparently cursed by a Dominican sorcerer. Iron Fist also taped his hands and boasted he could strike down anyone with it.
* Wrestling/WilliamRegal, for a while, had a gimmick where he would win his matches thanks to "[[NameOfPower The Power of the Punch]]". Unbeknownst to the EasilyDistractedReferee, said punch was powered by a set of brass knuckles secreted in his trunks.
* The Gameboy Max Morrison, who wields a giant power glove.
* Wrestling/{{CHIKARA}} took this to a comically ridiculous level. In order to counteract Wrestling/MikeQuackenbush's powerful palm strike attacks, Mecha Mummy unleashed [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4QLZL32f2Cs palm strikes with a giant, metal hand of his own.]]
* Techno Destructo has a giant wrench he can fit around his arm.
* During 2014 event ''WWC Lockdown - Day 2'', Invader #1 beat Bronco #1 in a [[GimmickMatches Loaded Punch vs Brass Knuckles match]].

[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* ''TabletopGame/Warhammer40000'':
** The TropeNamer, from where our Crimson Fists friend in the picture above comes from, which features among its close combat weapons, massive mechanical fists a good three to five times regular size that are loaded with servo-motors that radically increase the user's strength and wreathe in an energy field that tears apart anything it touches on the atomic level.
** Power claws, which are the same thing but with giant crushing blades instead of fingers;
** Lightning claws, which are four or five giant blades in the place of the fingers (or on some other units, WolverineClaws on the back of the hand) wreathed in an armour-ignoring energy field in the same way as power fists;
** The Scorpion's Claw, a powered scorpion claw with a built in gun that fires thousands of molecule-thick ninja stars;
** The chainfist, a power fist with a [[ChainsawGood giant chainsaw]] also wreathed in the aforementioned destructive energies bolted to the knuckles, which is canonically capable of tearing through ''metres'' of nigh-indestructible [[{{Unobtainium}} adamantium]] with no problems. It is, however, so heavy it can only be used by suits of power armour so tough they can survive being trampled by hundred-metre-tall HumongousMecha.
** The Unique Power Fists used by some of the independent characters, like Huron Blackhart's "Tyrant's Claw", which has a heavy flamer built into the palm, or "the Talon of Horus", [[BigBad Abaddon's]] lightning claw with a [[MoreDakka Twin-Linked Bolter]].
** [[HumongousMecha Titan]] close combat weapons are often enormous {{Power Fist}}s. One type is the Corvus Assault Pod, which is a combination of a powerfist and [[ThisIsADrill huge drill]] with room to house a boarding party inside. It's used to punch a hole into the enemy titan or building and release the boarding party to kill anybody who survived being punched by a HumongousMecha.
** Marneus Calgar, Chapter Master of the Ultramarines, has [[AncestralWeapon "The Gauntlets of Ultramar"]], ''two'' power fists with storm bolters loaded with AbnormalAmmo strapped to the underside of each, just to add that extra dash of badass and [[MoreDakka dakka]].
** [[BadassGrandpa Commissar Sebastian Yarrick]] lost an arm up to the elbow to an Ork Warboss. Yarrick, being the badass that he is, would not stand for this and immediately decapitated the Ork, and now uses the Ork's power klaw in place of his severed limb.
** And then there's [[http://www.forgeworld.co.uk/en-AU/Tyberos-The-Red-Wake?mobile=false Tyberos, The Red Wake]], who combines power fist, [[ChainsawGood chainfist]], AND lightning claw into two giant shredding devices named ''Hunger'' and ''Slake''. Run away.
** Now even the Tau have their own version: the Onager Gauntlet. Created during the Damocles Gulf Crusade, the Gauntlet was meant to allow battlesuits to take on heavy Imperial armor when ammo was running low.
** ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer}}'' has the ogre ironfist (a sort of hybrid shield and punch dagger) and Dwarf engineer Burlok Damminson's SteamPunk claw.
* "Gauntlets of Ogre Power" are a classic ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'' item, though the manual strength enhancement isn't limited to bare hands.
** Among the "components" available to warforged in TabletopGame/{{Eberron}} is the battlefist, a +1 weapon which looks like a massively oversized spiked gauntlet and increases the damage of the warforged's natural slam attacks.
*** A prestige class introduced in ''Magic of TabletopGame/{{Eberron}}'', the Renegade Mastermaker, is basically a magitek cyborg, capable of replacing one hand with a metal one for a slam attack of his own.
*** And it's survived into the 4th edition; now an artificer paragon path called the "Self-Forged." It begins with replacing one hand/forearm with a "Battlefist," a magitek prosthetic that counts as a mace-class weapon in combat and which is used for the path's attack powers... the second of which is effectively a RocketPunch!
* ''TabletopGame/{{Rifts}}'' has its own claw-based variation, usually of Wolverine-esque vibroblade claws mounted on the vambrace of a suit of armor or PoweredArmor, and normally three in number.
* ''TabletopGame/SLAIndustries'' has several examples of this trope. The three main ones are the GASH Fist (a powered fist with a large blade attached, much like a katar), the ITB Mutilator (a powered fist that, for unspecified reasons, causes more damage due to vibrational actions) and the JOLT fist, which deals no damage but acts like a finger tip-mounted taser instead.
* ''TabletopGame/{{Exalted}}'' has smashfists, an artifact weapon that is pretty much ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin. In addition, Lunars can incorporate special tattoo artifacts into the full-body moonsilver tattoos that every Lunar in the Silver Pact possesses; at the expense of having to permanently attune to the artifacts in question, they can't be stolen and are always available to the Lunar, even when shapeshifted. Smashfists are among the artifacts compatible with this method, making it possible to have a ''literal'' PowerFist.
** It also has the aptly-named ''God-Kicking Boots'', for when your martial artist wants to kick things up a notch.
** Then there's Alchemicals, who can install a "Transcendent Multimodal Artifact Matrix" to transform their hands into smashfists (or just use regular ones - artifacts are nice and cheap when you live in the heaviest magitech environment known to man), and a [[MegatonPunch Piston-Driven Megaton Hammer]] in their wrists to produce a ''lot'' of damage.
* ''TabletopGame/MagicTheGathering'' has more than one red enchantment that follows this trope, among them [[http://magiccards.info/7e/en/195.html Granite Grip]], [[http://magiccards.info/ia/en/219.html Stonehands]], and [[http://magiccards.info/shm/en/187.html Fists of the Demigod]].
** The latest art for [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=249382 Kird Ape]] has powerfists ''made of rock''.
* ''TabletopGame/{{GURPS}}'' has brass knuckles, which only slightly increase damage but also allow you to attack targets that would otherwise damage your hands. ''GURPS: Martial Arts'' has the Bagh-Nakh, bladed hand, cestus, myrmex and sap glove. ''Ultra-Tech'' has and advanced version of brass knuckles and [[ElectricTorture zap glove]], along with a system that makes your punches stick grenades to the enemy.
** ''High-Tech'' has the Pistol Glove, which shoots a bullet when you land a punch.
* ''TabletopGame/SeventhSea'': there are two preeminent fighting styles in Eisen. One involves a [[{{BFS}} Zweihander]] and your face. The other involves a regular broadsword, a [[PowerFist Panzerhand]] (lit. Armored Fist, a heavy plate glove, possibly made of the local Adamantium), and your face. It may not be as graceful as Montaigne fencing or as subtle as Vodacci dagger-fu, but by God it's efficient. There's also a lesser known fighting style where a panzerhand is worn on both hands at once. Its primary move is just yanking the weapon out of a person's hands and then beating them silly.
* ''TabletopGame/{{Battlemachines}}''' power fists are mounted onto giant [[HumongousMecha giant mecha]] and can throw anything they kill around. You can also upgrade one to set stuff on fire, or explode.
* The Retribution of Scyrah faction in [[TabletopGame/IronKingdoms Warmachine]] can field Battle Mages, who are equipped with magically-enhanced gauntlets to punch the enemies of their people into next week.
* While ''Tabletopgame/BattleTech'' traditionally relies on its [[HumongousMecha Battlemechs]] blasting each other to bits with some flavor of {{BFG}}, hand-to-hand combat (be it with fists or some sort of {{BFS}}) is surprisingly effective, especially on mechs built for it. The Triple Strength Myomer upgrade [[LimitBreak kicks in]] when a mech is {{Overheating}}, allowing it to run faster and turns its punches and kicks into cockpit-crushing pain trains. There is also the rare Claw melee weapon, which replaces the 'Mech's hand. It does about 30-40% more damage than a standard punch, but due to the size and bulk of the Claw, it is more cumbersome and therefore slightly more difficult to land a blow.
** This trope is invoked by the crest of [[http://www.sarna.net/wiki/File:House_Steiner_Logo.jpg House Steiner]].
** [[PowerArmor Battle Armor]] are capable of mounting battle claws, [[{{Vibroweapon}} vibro-battle claws]], and magnetic battle claws, which all give varying bonuses to [[PersonalSpaceInvader Swarm and leg attacks]] against mechs and attacks against infantry units in the same hex.
* The ''Tabletopgame/StarWarsRoleplayingGame'' has the Repulsor Fist a cybernetic forearm that can deliver a devastating punch once every few turns. There are also "Blast Knuckles", an armored glove that designed to fire blaster bolts when the user connects with a punch. Causing quite a bit of damage but also strain to the user.

* The ''Franchise/{{Transformers}}'' franchise has a few examples:
** The Japanese version of the ''WesternAnimation/TransformersPrime'' toyline had a miniature version of Bulkhead who turns into a giant fist for other figures to wield.
** The "Combiner Wars" subline is made up almost entirely of CombiningMecha, most of which can turn into an arm or a leg and include a gun that turns into a hand or foot. [[CanonForeigner Rook]] has a unique front-mounted hardpoint on his hands so that he can use his weapon in fist mode even when not combined. This is a bit of a FandomNod, as fans have been doing this with other figures for years, but it's the first time it's seen use in official art.
*** Many fans also like to give him a second fist from one of his teammates (or any spares they may have lying around) for some good old fashioned giant fisticuffs.

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* ''VideoGame/{{Xenosaga}}'' featured [[DeathSeeker Ziggaurat 8]] ("Ziggy"), a cyborg whose left arm and both legs are visibly robotic and used to devastating effect. [[HotScientist Shion]] used an odd sort of power-knuckle device equipped with various gadgets and weapons.
* ''Franchise/FinalFantasy'' games often have weapons like this for the Monk or Monk-analogue. Mash/Sabin of ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVI'', Tifa of ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII'', Zell of ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVIII''. Though sometimes they just wear really durable, cool-looking gloves. Monks in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXI'' also have the above-mentioned footwear, that boosts the power of their kick attacks ([[GuideDangIt although you wouldn't know unless someone told you]]).
** [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyIV Yang Fang Leiden]] only uses claws to add elemental properties or debuffs to his attacks. Then again, this is a man who used his body to make the Tower of Babil's cannon misfire, so what's a weapon gonna do for him?
** Rikku's in FFX. All of her weapons are fists, including her best, the [[PowerOfTheGodHand God Hand.]] And many, like any other weapon in the game, had extra properties, ranging from status effects, to element affiliations, to the vaunted No MP ability.
** Hand-mounted weapons, including brass knuckles and claws, are the WeaponOfChoice for the Pugilist class and Monk job in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXIV''.
* In the games where monks/martial artists appear in ''VideoGame/DragonQuest'' games, there is at least a few weapons of this type (although most monk and martial artist weapons are of the claw variety).
* Nero's Devil Bringer from ''VideoGame/DevilMayCry 4''. Dante has the Ifrit in the first game and Beowulf in the third, and the Gilgamesh in the fourth. The latter two are gauntlet-and-shoes comboes, while the first are just gauntlets. Eryx in ''[[VideoGame/DmCDevilMayCry DmC (2013)]]'' too. They're just gauntletls that looks similar to Hulk's hands.
* The Glutton of ''VideoGame/BloodlineChampions'' wear wooden spikes on their right hand, with other alternate weapons for them being even fancier weapons to cover their hand. Except for the one which is basically a hollowed-out log on their hand.
* ''VideoGame/{{Fallout}}'':
** ''VideoGame/{{Fallout|1}}'' had the "Big Frigger" Power Fist. VideoGame/{{Fallout 2}} adds the Mega Power Fist which was the same except, you know, fistier.
** ''VideoGame/{{Fallout Tactics|BrotherhoodOfSteel}}'' adds the Impact Gloves ("Pneumatic Power Fist" in Fallout 3) and Punch Gun, a leather and metal gauntlet that would fire a shotgun shell point blank on impact.
** ''VideoGame/Fallout3'' returns to the Pneumatic Power Fist (and two unique ones ''The Shocker'' [an electrical power fist] and ''Fisto!'' [exclamation mark included]) and also includes the Deathclaw Gauntlet, which consists of strapping the hand of the titular wasteland beastie to the end of one's arm. This doesn't sound much until you try it and realize that ''it ignores the target's armor''.
** ''VideoGame/FalloutNewVegas'' surpasses everything that came before with the Ballistic Fist: a glove with a SHOTGUN attached to it which triggers on contact. [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome Uppercut a Deathclaw with it, go ahead.]]
*** There's also the (slightly less destructive, as well as much rarer) Displacer Glove, which [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin displaces]] things you punch [[PunchedAcrossTheRoom with predictable results]]. Its unique model "Pushy" pushes everyone's shit in faster than literally nothing else except the Industrial Hand (and even then it's only the blade having the massive damage per second).
*** It's possible to learn to craft [[ImprovisedWeapon dog tags]] into a set of WolverineClaws, essentially holding sharpened tags between one's fingers. There's a unique version appropriately [[NamedWeapons named]] "Recompense Of The Fallen".
*** And lastly, there's [[BoringButPractical plain jane]] knuckle dusters, in both the brass and the spiked varieties.
*** ''Old World Blues'' adds the steriliser glove and corrosive glove: rubber safety gloves covered in chemicals that [[KillItWithFire set enemies on fire]] and [[PoisonIsCorrosive drain health over time]], respectively. There's also the Saturnite Fist, which is a slightly more powerful version of the normal Pneumatic Power Fist made out of a special alloy called "Saturnite"[[note]]The same material that the Sierra Madre resort and casino has had for over 200 years with no dulling[[/note]], but taking it to your world-destroying toaster (yes) will give you the option to superheat it, which makes it stronger ''and'' lights targets on fire.
*** Oh, and you can't forget how some of the Ghost People in dead Money have a weapon that is literally a bear trap strapped to their fist.
*** And in ''Lonesome Road'' comes the Industrial Hand, which adds a rather gruesome buzzsaw blade where the weapons punch so you can slice and dice as you ground and pound.
*** Then there's Greased Lightning, a unique version of the regular Pneumatic Power Fist, which allows for some impressive RapidFireFisticuffs. Manga/FistOfTheNorthStar jokes optional.
*** Speaking of which, there's the Fist of (the North) Rawr. Assuming, of course, you can take it from [[BonusBoss Rawr]].
*** From ''Honest Hearts'' is the [[BearsAreBadNews Yao Guai]] Gauntlet, similar to the Deathclaw Gauntlet but worn as a glove. It's specialized variant is ''She's Embrace'', your prize after you kill Ghost of She.
*** One last piece of DLC goodness ... the Two-Step Goodbye. Power fist, check. Shotgun, check. Critical kills cause a grenade-like explosion? Ka-boom.
** ''VideoGame/Fallout4'' still has the Pneumatic Power Fist, here being Pre-War power tools instead of military hardware. It can be upgraded to be Puncturing for armor piercing (by chaining some old concrete and rebar to it) or adding a Heating coil for 20 extra points of energy damage. Unfortunately, you won't get as much mileage as you can't use fist weapons with Power Armor and there are much better weapons to put Perk points in.
* [[RobotBuddy Robo]] of ''VideoGame/ChronoTrigger'' fights with his fists, which he can replace with better fists through the game, so he mostly counts. He's also got a kind of rocket punch. Cavewoman Ayla fights completely barehanded, and so falls under a [[GoodOldFisticuffs different trope]].
* ''SonicTheHedgehog'': Knuckles the Echidna has the Shovel Claws in Sonic Adventure and Sonic Adventure 2. In the former game, he also gets the Fighting Gloves. [[http://www.newgrounds.com/portal/view/484130 They're yellow.]]
* ''VideoGame/RuneFactory4'' introduces a new class of weapon: Gloves. Using gloves lets the PlayerCharacter fight using martial arts, as well as allowing them to [[WrestlerInAllOfUs grab enemies and throw or piledrive them]].
* ''VideoGame/{{Darksiders}}'' features the Tremor Gauntlet, a huge lighting-wreathed glove granting [[HorsemenOfTheApocalypse War]] a powerful area-effect attack. It bears a striking resemblance to the Power Fists of ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}''.
* ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'' has Fist weapons, often of the claw variety. Back at the game's advent, they were generally overlooked and not too common to begin with. Starting with the first expansion, however, Blizzard recognized the potential greatness of this trope and fist weapons became vastly more common; there is usually a fist weapon in every freshly released raid dungeon, and it is often looking awesome and is a great choice for any melee specialization that uses the Agility stat - namely Combat (non-dagger-user) Rogue, Windwalker Monk and Enhancement Shaman.
* Several of Mega Man's weapons are Power Fists, such as the Hard Knuckle in ''VideoGame/MegaMan3'', the Mega Arm in the Gameboy ''V'', and the Super Adapter in ''VideoGame/MegaMan7''.
** [[VideoGame/MegaManZero Zero's]] "Z-knuckle" (a chip embedded in both hands) expands his PowerCopying ability; it allows him to steal weapons from normal {{Mooks}} so he can use them for himself. And, according to official art, [[spoiler:his EvilTwin Omega Zero]] also has one, and is supposedly the basis for the [[LimitBreak Giga Attacks]] in the ''[[VideoGame/MegaManX X series]]'' (appropriate, since [[spoiler:Zero in his original body AKA Omega]] always performs his Giga Attacks by punching the ground).
** [[BearsAreBadNews Grizzly Slash]], from ''VideoGame/MegaManX 5'', has a Power Fist [[SwissArmyWeapon that can change into a]] [[ThisIsADrill Power DRILL]]! [[http://megaman.wikia.com/wiki/Grizzly_Slash Just take a look]]!
*** Spark Mandrill gains this ability in the remake of the original VideoGame/MegaManX.
** After Duo crash-landed in VideoGame/MegaMan8, he was so badly damaged that Dr. Light had to completely rebuild his body. The only features left from his original body were the jets on his back and the Duo Knuckle on his left arm.
* Regal from ''VideoGame/TalesOfSymphonia'' fights with various greaves around his shins for kicking, leaving his hands purely for balance as he's sworn never to use them for killing. Not that his hands could be used since they are shackled, which he prefers. (He gets rid of them in the sequel, apparently.)
** A better example would be Yuri Lowell from ''VideoGame/TalesOfVesperia'', as he can use an assortment of power gloves and spiked knuckles as a secondary weapon.
** [[VideoGame/TalesOfLegendia Senel]] and [[VideoGame/TalesOfXillia Jude]] fight primarily with fist weapons, averting HeroesPreferSwords.
* ''[[Franchise/ShinMegamiTenseiPersona Persona]]'': Akihiko Sanada from ''VideoGame/Persona3'' and Makoto Niijima from ''VideoGame/Persona5'' both fight with an assortment of fist weapons, Akihiko's standard being a pair of blue boxing gloves and Makoto's standard being a pair of spiked knuckles.
* Drachma from ''VideoGame/SkiesOfArcadia'' fights with various attachments to his mechanical arm. As appropriate for the SortingAlgorithmOfWeaponEffectiveness, you find various outlandish attachments of all kinds (such as a hook, an ancient {{magitek}} grappling claw and a drill), all of which are perfectly compatible with his arm, all over the place. Apparently there are a lot of other people running around with robot arms; you just never meet 'em.
* Fist weapons are a main class of weaponry in the ''Franchise/{{Disgaea}}'' series. While they all look alike, their description varies between realistic knuckle-type weapons, monstrous appendages, martial-arts techniques, and comic relief (including the MegatonPunch, "Guaranteed to turn your enemies into ATwinkleInTheSky!"). The magichange weapons are more distinctive, being visible during attacks, and generally looking like the hand or head of the monster that created it.
** Known wielders of Power Fists in the ''Franchise/{{Disgaea}}'' universe include [[BloodKnight Adell]], [[CoolBigSis Jennifer]], and [[RealMenWearPink Mr. Champloo]]. Thanks to [[EquippableAlly Magichange]], Jennifer actually becomes one!
** Taken to extremes in ''VideoGame/{{Disgaea 4|A Promise Unforgotten}}'', where magichanging a giant monster gives you a power fist that's almost as big as the wielder, on top of allowing you to wield two of them at the same time.
* Potemkin of ''VideoGame/GuiltyGear'' actually both uses and somewhat subverts this. Mounted on his fists are extremely heavy gauntlets with built-in shotguns - but his instant kill attack actually involves him ''stripping off'' all the heavy metal gear he's wearing, which are actually inhibitors to prevent him from misusing his physical strength. He then ''punches'' his opponent. ''Once.''
* ''VideoGame/PhantasyStarOnline'' and its sequel have fist weapons, which range from simple gloves to massive gauntlets several times larger then your character's actual hands.
* Several chips in the ''VideoGame/MegaManBattleNetwork'' games are built around giving Mega Man a huge fist, often with special abilities. The Guts Punch and Bronze/Silver/Gold Fist series chips all have arrow commands you can do to make their attack or range expand, and the Cold Punch chip...well, just freezes things. In the anime, Heat Guts style also gives Mega Man a huge fist and a rock-hard punch. Later in both game and anime, Rock can take on the attributes of the series' native punching expert Gutsman, and his default weapon becomes the Guts Punch.
* The player may choose to do this in ''VideoGame/{{Crysis}}'' with their [[PoweredArmor 'Nano Suit']] in [[SuperStrength Strength Mode]], and with a little file tweaking, you can [[PunchedAcrossTheRoom send enemies ''flying'' with a single blow]] from your fists.
* Savyna's weapons in ''VideoGame/BatenKaitos'' are all some variation of brass knuckles or fist blades. Ayme also uses certain tonfa-like weapons in this manner.
* Gracia from ''VideoGame/SamuraiWarriors 2: Xtreme Legends'' fights with her bare hands while wearing special bracelets. Unusually for this trope, her attacks are ''incredibly weak'', much moreso than the other characters who use some sort of weapon. She compensates by having one of the best [[LimitBreak musou attacks]] in the game, and exceptionally powerful and useful musou-meter-powered special moves.
* In ''VideoGame/TeamFortress2'', the Heavy received a pair of unlockable boxing gloves: the '''K'''illing '''G'''loves of '''B'''oxing. They're actually a bit of a variation, in that the gloves don't directly increase his melee attack power; rather, after killing someone with the [[FunWithAcronyms KGB]], the Heavy gets 5 seconds of 100% critical hit chance, which apply to any of his weapons... But if he just keeps using the gloves, the timer tacks on another five seconds with each kill, allowing him to rack up a chain of [[ThatCameOutWrong deadly fistings]]. He's since gained access to the '''G'''loves of '''R'''unning '''U'''rgently , which make him much faster but drain his health or leave him ''much'' more vulnerable to damage depending on the update), and the Fists of Steel, an actual pair of metal gauntlets which shields Heavy from 40% pf the damage ranged attacks [[NecessaryDrawback but forces him to take 100% damage from melee attacks]] (with the ''Tough Break'' update he also holsters 100% more slowly which makes the previous weakness hurt so much more).
** The Engineer update yielded The Gunslinger, a mechanical replacement hand that boosts the Engie's health and makes mini-sentries. On top of that, every third punch with the mechanical hand that connects has a 100% chance of a critical hit.
* Stone Melee Heroes and Villains in ''VideoGame/CityOfHeroes'' and ''VideoGame/CityOfVillains'' can make their own granite fists for some of the earlier attacks. There's also the Energy Melee set, which focuses on this.
* The Counter Sword in ''VideoGame/S4League'' keeps a small sword in the right hand, but it's only used for the weapon's weaker attacks. Counterattacks and the weapon's uberpowerful Jump Attacks and Strong Attacks instead use a massive armored gauntlet, nearly as large as the player character.
* In the older ''VideoGame/BionicCommando'' games, the bionic arm acted as a sort of secondary weapon, allowing you to block shots and push enemies around. The recent remake allows you to use it to more directly kill stuff.
* ''VideoGame/SamuraiShodown'' series: Neinhalt Sieger has a large, {{Steampunk}} power fist as his melee weapon. It's also an ArmCannon.
* ''VideoGame/GodOfWar'':
** Kratos gets such a weapon in ''God Of War: Chains of Olympus''.
** The third game has the Nemean Cestus, a pair of fists that have chains on them that can be shot out to reel enemies in for a MegatonPunch.
* ''VideoGame/PlanescapeTorment'' seems to be unique among [[TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons DnD]]-based video games in devoting an entire non-[[BareFistedMonk monk]] discipline to fist weapons. Many of these were BladeBelowTheShoulder type weapons like katars and [[ComicBook/XMen Wolverine-style]] claws, along with enchanted brass knuckles and one set of man-eating gauntlets. Annah fights exclusively this way, typically using punch daggers but she's also capable of equipping spiked gauntlets.
* ''VideoGame/SuperRobotWars'':
** One pilot's machine is tailored to deal damage using power fists. Or rather, the "Jet Magnum", a normal, giant robot fist, with plasma charged stakes that explode upon contact with the enemy, who usually then explode.
** There are plenty of other fist-based attacks too, like the [[VideoGame/ShinSuperRobotWars R-1's T-Link Knuckle]] and such.
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LC5AArRdIxk The Power of my God Hand (Smash)!]]
*** And the ''VideoGame/BattleMoonWars'' ShoutOut at [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_fRPMBatSSc 1:00]].
** Also notable is [[VideoGame/SuperRobotWarsCompact3 Folka Albark]] in his [[SpellMyNameWithAnS Ialdabaoth]] who [[KamehameHadoken LAUNCHES DRAGONS FROM HIS FISTS]]. Also, as if his normal punches weren't enough, he can send HumongousMecha [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RWEywsFnFBs flying miles away into a mountain]], breaking it into pieces and then [[DelayedExplosion watch them explode fabulously]].
* Master Monks in ''VideoGame/ShiningForceII'' equips fist weapons to counter their abysmal base Attack power, due to being [[WhiteMage healers]] previously before promoting. They still manage to turn the class into a walking death machine though, due to the fists having the highest attack ratings of all the game's weapons.
* In ''{{VideoGame/Rosenkreuzstilette}}'' Zorne Sepperin's claw gauntlet can produce bombs and cling to walls. Especially useful for [[MadBomber someone like her]].
* ''VideoGame/BackyardFootball'' has this in powerup form.
* ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaCDIGames'': Link and Zelda use them. Link also tends to use magic gauntlets in regular games, when they're not bracelets instead.
* ''VideoGame/TheIncredibleHulkUltimateDestruction'' featured Steel Fists, where the Hulk could rip a car in half and wear it as gloves.
* ''VideoGame/{{Prototype}}'': One of the powers of Alex Mercer is turning his fists into huge bashing clubs.
* Area from ''VideoGame/StreetFighterEX 2'' and ''EX 3'' fights with a miniature rocket launcher attached to her right arm.
* ''VideoGame/RatchetAndClank'' has a metal boxing glove called the Walloper, as well as other gloves that dispense weapons such as bombs and automatic turrets.
* In ''VideoGame/AssassinsCreedII'' you can buy a Metal Cestus for Ezio. Oddly enough, it's only for one hand.
* Being Warhammer 40k, ''VideoGame/DawnOfWar'' features Power Fists as melee weapon upgrades for Space Marine and Chaos Marine officers, switching out the barely weaker Power Swords. They ignore armor which means a nasty surprise to anyone who decides to charge the squad (since Assault Marines and Chaos Raptors are better at close combat than their regular counterparts). Ork Warbosses and Nobz can also be upgraded with Power Klaws which perform the same function.
** A pair of WolverineClaws is the weapon of choice for the Imperial Guard general, with the right one mounting a bolter as well. In ''Dark Crusade'', the bolter can be upgraded first into a double-barreled one, then into a plasma gun, while the claws themselves can be upgraded first into [[BlingOfWar master-crafted ones]], then straight-up replaced with a pair of golden power fists that do even more damage despite no longer having the claws.
* Meng Huo from ''VideoGame/DynastyWarriors'' fights using a giant pair of metal gloves.
* Stinkoman actually gained one from defeating an earlier boss called [[GiantHandsofDoom Stlunko]] for most of Level Four of the game ''VideoGame/Stinkoman20X6''. Unfortunately, he loses it while fighting {{S|egmentedSerpent}}aargtson, the level's boss.
* ''[[BraggingThemeTune My arm, My arm, My arm, My arm, MY ARM, MY ARM, WILL SUMMON UP THE POWER OF THE]] [[VideoGame/GodHand GOD HAND]]!''
* The Arm weapon type in ''VideoGame/KidIcarusUprising'', especially the Bomber Arm.
* Vi the Piltover Enforcer from ''VideoGame/LeagueOfLegends'' fights with two giant [[{{Magitek}} hextech]] gauntlets she salvaged from a piece of broken mining equipment and improvised as weapons. Not only her fighting style but practically her ''[[BoisterousBruiser entire character]]'' revolves around nothing but punching people in the face. [[BloodKnight It's what she lives for.]]
* The Furax Gauntlets in ''VideoGame/{{Warframe}}'' are short-ranged, [[MightyGlacier slow to wind up]], and are easily interrupted. But the sheer fact that they allow you to ''punch an enemy in half'' [[DifficultButAwesome more than makes up for it]].
* ''VideoGame/{{Vindictus}}'' has the Cestus weapon series for [[MightyGlacier Karok]], which allows him to build up a focus meter that he can then use to power various explosive techniques.
-->'''Gallagher:''' Some people might get a little nervous about strapping experimental explosives to their hands, but I know you're braver than that.
* ''VideoGame/{{Toukiden}}'' has the Gauntlet weapon type. Like all weapons, they're mostly made of body parts from defeated Oni. They're also around the size of a character's torso.
* The Kinetic Strike Module in ''Videogame/XCOMEnemyUnknown'' outfits a [[PoweredArmor MEC suit]] with a massive, ''rocket-assisted'' brass knuckle on the left arm. It's the most powerful weapon in the game, can destroy cover, and [[MegatonPunch sends enemies flying]]. Using the Strike Module to finish off an enemy GiantMook results in a NoHoldsBarredBeatdown with the MEC ''ripping the enemy to pieces''
* ''VideoGame/DarkSouls'' has several fist weapons such as cestuses, genuine-looking WolverineClaws and a huge fist carved of dragon bone.
** ''VideoGame/DarkSoulsII'' gives us back cestuses and claws, which can now be [[DualWielding powerstanced]] for a quick combo of punches.
*** Then there is the [[InfinityPlusOneSword Bone Fist]] that after strapping to your fists as a weapon, allows the player to fight in martial arts moves, a mixture of Bājíquán with Muay Thai and Ryu's moves, "as if the very spirit of the bone's malicious owner had taken control".
*** Also, there's a [[InfinityPlusOneSword special]] ring that gives your [[BareFistedMonk bare fists]] a massive boost and allows powerstance for them as well.
* Variation: In ''VideoGame/LaMulana'', Rock Hand, an enemy in the Mausoleum of the Giants, is a disembodied stone fist that charges at Lemeza when he crosses its path.
* Attikus from ''VideoGame/{{Battleborn}}'' has the Hedronic Collector. It's a device grafted on his right arm which ends in a mechanical fist that can project energy WolverineClaws. This thing in particular was what gave his intelligence as a side effect. In combat, this gives Attikus a passive in which he gains 1 charge per kill (5 for major enemies) up to a maximum of 5. While Fully Charged, the next ability he uses consumes all charges for an added effect.
* In ''VideoGame/MassEffect3'' multiplayer, Batarian players have a heavy melee attack that involves delivering a MegatonPunch with a bladed gauntlet that will [[YourHeadAsplode messily decapitate]] anyone killed by it. There's also an item that, if equipped, will grant that attack to every other character. This means that a [[LethalJokeCharacter Volus]] who's half the size of everyone else can use his Power Fist to [[GroinAttack punch enemies in the junk]].
* In ''VideoGame/MarioSuperSluggers'', Donkey Kong uses a boxing glove to hit the baseball. Not any less powerful than an actual bat.
* Tia in ''VideoGame/LufiaCurseOfTheSinistrals'' uses punching gloves as her WeaponOfChoice. Punching gloves that fire out of a luggage case. Which also contains [[GrapplingHookPistol a hook-shot]], [[ThisIsADrill a giant drill]], and ''[[ChainsawGood a freaking chainsaw]]''!
* ''Videogame/{{Overwatch}}'' has Doomfist, who as his name implies uses a gigantic mechanical gauntlet that takes up his entire right arm. In-universe, he's actually the [[LegacyCharacter third character]] to hold the title, with previous Doomfists all being wielders of the gauntlet.
* ''Videogame/{{Skyrim}}'' has one obscure encounter with an enemy wearing the magic Gloves of the Pugilist. And getting these gloves is almost the only way (besides an expensive Heavy Armor perk) to increase your weaponless Brawl damage, which is required for a few missions and "negotiations."
* ''VideoGame/PlantsVsZombies2ItsAboutTime'' has the Jurassic Rockpuncher zombie who uses the BambooTechnology version of this -- rocks tied to his fists. It's a surprisingly effective weapon since one smash from it will not only OneHitKill a plant, it will also leave a temporary unplantable crater behind!

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* ''WebAnimation/{{RWBY}}'': Yang Xiao Long of the titular team RWBY wields a set of [[MixAndMatchWeapon "dual ranged shot gauntlets"]]. Basically, she has two slabs of armour on her fists that she's strapped shotguns too that augment her punches.

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* Sol's WeaponOfChoice in ''[[http://www.revenant-braves.schala.net Circumstances of the Revenant Braves]]''.
* ''Webcomic/TheAdventuresOfDrMcNinja'' featured a person who invented rocket boots. He used them to kick people, a rare example of a kicker for this trope ''and'' a practical use for otherwise silly technology. [[spoiler: He was killed one night by assassins because he didn't wear his rocket boots to bed]]
-->'''AltText:''' Always wear your rocket boots to bed.
* [[http://www.egscomics.com/?date=2003-01-06 Lord Tedd]] in ''Webcomic/ElGoonishShive'' wears one. We don't see the real thing active, but in Tedd's [[PsychicDreamsForEveryone dream]] [[http://www.egscomics.com/?date=2004-08-26 it fires]] in a spectacular fashion. In fact, it impressed Tedd so much that he wants one too... and as a MadScientist he's [[http://egscomics.com/?date=2011-10-07 not going to]] wait until [[IWantMyJetpack it appears in shops]].
* In ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}'', Equius's fists ''are'' power fists; fistkind is even listed as one of his Strife specibi (method(s) of fighting). Of course, because Equius serves as a {{Deconstruction}} of SuperStrength, he finds it hard to use his fists for [[MundaneUtility anything aside from combat]], as his [[BoldInflation STRENGTH]] tends to snap anything he tries to hold in half from sheer pressure. There's also Roxy, who coincidentally ([[StealthPun or not?]]) is also a Hero of [[PowerOfTheVoid Void]].
* ''Webcomic/DemonFist'' has Rory's eponymous left arm, which due to [[HeroicHost the power of the three demons living in it]] is [[SuperStrength super-strong]] and NighInvulnerable. In a twist, the demon arm needs ''two'' different {{Power Limiter}}s to function; a holy shroud wrapped around it to keep the demonic energy from blowing his arm apart, and a [[PowerTattoo tattooed seal]] on his shoulder to keep said energy from spreading to the rest of his body.
* RD from ''Webcomic/TowerOfGod'' carries the moniker [[RightHandOfDoom The Devil of the Right Hand]] for a reason.*
* Ardois in ''Webcomic/BeCalm'', [[spoiler: once his missing arm grows back.]]
* In ''Webcomic/UncommonAnimals'', [[http://uncommonanimals.thecomicseries.com/comics/11/ The inside of Terry's purse]] shows her kitty-shaped brass knuckles.

[[folder:Web Original]]
* ''Literature/WhateleyUniverse'':
** At Whateley Academy Chaka gets a set of power gauntlets as a christmas present. They only work twice a day and require her to [[CallingYourAttacks call her attack]] but they will go through the local [[PoweredArmor power armour]] with little difficulty.
** There's also "Dark Claw," the leader of a gang of thugs working for Lady Jettatura who was given a massive magical gauntlet to make him more useful.
* Burger in ''Film/{{Sockbaby}}''.
* ''VideoGame/Stinkoman20X6'': Stinkoman kills a giant robot in one level of his game, and then attaches the robot's fist to his own arm for no apparent reason. It's the size of his entire body, and he doesn't even punch anyone with it, he uses it as a giant shield.
* ''Podcast/TheThrillingAdventureHour'': Sparks Nevada has his trademark robot fists[[note]]POW!![[/note]]. They were his present for graduating the Academy.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/KimPossible'':
** When Shego isn't using her [[PowerGlows glowing]] energy as a ranged attack, she uses it to power up her punches in combat. The energy exerts concussive force on her target, and she can even use it to [[DisintegratorRay burn things to ashes]].
** Gemini has a prosthetic hand that can deliver electrical shocks and launch miniature missiles.
* ''Franchise/MastersOfTheUniverse'': This is Fisto's power. In the 1983 version it's just a glove, while it's a mechanical prosthesis in ''Classics''. In the 2002 series it's explicitly shown that while he is wearing a glove, the hand under it [[RightHandOfDoom really is that huge]]. In one episode of the remake, he successfully uses it to distract an enemy so that he can punch him with his other hand.
-->'''Fisto:''' See this hand?\\
''[Mook glares at giant hand, Fisto punches him with his normal hand]''\\
'''Fisto:''' Should've paid attention to the other hand.
* ''Franchise/{{Transformers}}'':
** Lugnut of ''WesternAnimation/TransformersAnimated'' can perform what fans have referred to as "[[FanNickname the Punch of Kill Everything]]." His fist produces a bomb, and when he punches the ground with it (which he sometimes does with ''a jet engine''), it sends a devastating shockwave (no, not [[TheMole that Shockwave]]) in all directions (somehow not damaging him). Of course, it can also be an AchillesHeel: hit his fist before it hits the ground, it goes off early and he takes the brunt.
** From Fun Publications' fiction based on ''Anime/TransformersCybertron'' and ''WesternAnimation/TransformersAnimated'' come the [[http://tfwiki.net/wiki/Nucleon_shock_gauntlet Nucleon Shock Gauntlets]].
** ''Anime/TransformersCybertron'' joins this with CombiningMecha to give us Savage Claw Mode. Leobreaker transforms into a massive arm that can take the place of one of Optimus Prime's arms (Optimus must be in SuperMode, though). It becomes even more devastating when Leobreaker deploys his [[NitroBoost Cyber]] [[AmplifierArtifact Key]]-activated claws, which extend over the fist. With the claws out, Optimus can perform an attack inspired by Goldymarg's Shining Finger move. After Megatron creates Nemesis Breaker, an EvilKnockoff of Leobreaker, he can combine with N.B. for Dark Claw Mode.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Gargoyles}}'': [[BattleButler Owen Burnett]] has a [[TakenForGranite solid stone fist]] which he clubs people with when defending his boss, [[XanatosPlannedThisIndex David Xanatos]].
* Huey Freeman of ''WesternAnimation/TheBoondocks'' uses the "Black Power Fist" (basically a taser glove) in the episode "Let's Nab Oprah."
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'': The (Robot) Devil's Hands are Idle Playthings, but they're pretty handy for playing golden fiddles.
* ''Franchise/{{Batman}}'':
** ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheBraveAndTheBold'': Batman has Nth Metal Knuckledusters that allow him to ''punch ghosts''.
** And in the AnimatedAdaptation of ''ComicBook/EmperorJoker'', after SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker is given RealityWarper powers from Bat-Mite, he uses the springed giant Power Fist on Batman and calls it, "[[ICallItVera My very own Hammer of Injustice!]]" (a parody of Batman's Hammer of Justice)
* Used a few times in ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'', mostly by [[DishingOutDirt earthbenders]] to surround their hands with stone (or in Toph's case, [[spoiler: metal via metalbending]]. The Dai Li agents late in the second season use special stone gloves that they can detach and launch at opponents.
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra'', the Equalists use electrocution gloves to dispatch their enemies, [[spoiler:which Asami Sato uses against them. The shock glove becomes her signature weapon.]]
* Junko from ''WesternAnimation/StormHawks'' has his "Knuckle Busters", which enhance his strength and punching power when activated, though he doesn't really need them.
* ''WesternAnimation/GeneratorRex'': One of the machines Rex can generate [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gWdm5CWKrwk is this]]. It seems to be his favourite so far.
* ''WesternAnimation/XiaolinShowdown'': The Shen Gong Wu Fist of Tebigong grants the user this ability.
* [[TheLeader Garnet]] from ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse'' has gauntlets she can summon at will. She also seems to have a fair amount of super strength to use in tandem with said gauntlets, so punching through walls and tossing cars around aren't a problem.
* In ''WesternAnimation/{{COPS}}'', mob kingpin Big Boss has a cybernetic hand that gets a workout whenever he's ''really'' steamed.

[[folder:Real Life]]
* The stun glove, a glove that shocks anything it touches when turned on.
* The other obvious real life example would be brass knuckles/knuckle dusters/etc., which are illegal in much of the United States. Slightly more legal are SAP gloves, which are partially filled with lead shot or powdered metals to add more "oomph" to a punch while reducing the chances of injuring one's hand when hitting someone. They see some use among law enforcement officials.
* [[http://www.popularmechanics.com/military/weapons/a18692/forgotten-weapons-sedgley-glove-gun/ The Sedgely Glove Gun]], which featured in the film ''Film/InglouriousBasterds'', was a weapon developed for use by the US Marines and Navy during UsefulNotes/WorldWarII, and was essentially a single-shot .38 fitted onto the back of a glove. It was fired by means of punching someone, with the trigger mechanism being a plunger that was pressed down upon impact.
* The tarch, a combination of a metal glove, a sword, and a shield, all rolled into one. Used by 16th-century Russian soldiers when defending against a siege. Not very useful in open combat. See [[http://www.xenophon-mil.org/rushistory/medievalarmor/tarch.jpg here]] for an image.
* The cestus, the classical precursor to the boxing glove. It started out in ancient Greece as a hand-guard of woven leather thongs used in pankration. Later the Romans added metal plates, spikes and studs for bloody gladiatorial combat. [[Series/DeadliestWarrior These things statistically triple the wearer's punching force.]]
* General Electric's "Hardiman" system has particularly terrifying hydraulic claws (as may be seen [[http://cyberneticzoo.com/?p=2656 here]]). They'd need the whole exoskeleton to be worn to use in a standalone fashion (funny enough, the whole rig looks almost exactly like the Power Loader from ''Film/''Aliens''), and GE [[WhatCouldHaveBeen never solved]] [[AwesomeButImpractical potentially lethal positive feedback loops]] in the control system. Man amplifiers are coming back into fashion though...
* For kids, there's also the [[http://www.becomebig.com/ B.I.G. Power Hand]], a toy composed of a giant mechanical hand with a small glove rigged so that each finger is independently movable by the wearer.
* [[http://www.thisiswhyimbroke.com/brass-knuckles-tazer Taser knuckledusters]]. [[JustForFun/XMeetsY Brass Knucks combined with the taser.]]
* The general public were told gloves were added to boxing to make the sport safer, but nothing could be further from the truth. Head gear, yes, but the WBA, WBC, WBO and IBF were only interested in the gloves.
** Boxing gloves are mainly designed to protect the hand of the puncher and not the face/body of the person getting punched. In fact, studies have shown that there are more deaths and serious injuries in Boxing than in MMA (wich uses smaller gloves) and for that matter, bare knuckle combat sports (like Kyokushin Karate) because the huge padded gloves cause the fighters to unconsciously punch harder. And allow them to punch the other guy in the head with near-impunity, whereas in a barehanded fight a punch to the head is a great way to break your own fingers. And that's not even getting into the instances of boxers who have cheated by dipping their hand-wraps in plaster before putting on the gloves, meaning that there's effectively a thin layer of ''rock'' hidden by the gloves.
** In fact, in a century of recorded bare-knuckles boxing matches, before the introduction of the glove, there have been no documented deaths in the ring caused by striking, there were deaths due to exhaustion (fights lasted until a fighter could no longer continue and therefore could last for hours) or due to grappling or trowing which were allowed in bare knuckles boxing, after the introduction of the boxing glove death from striking has become a pretty common occurrence, with over 200 deaths in either training or matches recorded since 1980.
* Humans are the only primate able to form a fist in the first place. It has been postulated that this gave our ancestors a dominating advantage over our hominid cousins by allowing us to use our hands as weapons.
* Mantis Shrimp that are specialized towards hunting shellfish have these permanently affixed to their raptorial arms. They'll hit with the force of a .22 caliber bullet from a rifle. Those that hunt fish however, have a BladeBelowTheShoulder.