"One fist may not be able to destroy the world... but it can certainly destroy you!"
There's just something primal and gratifying
about the image of bare hands 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 spiked
. Armored gauntlets, with or without taloned fingertips. A set of blades strapped to the back of the fist and used like claws
. Some hardcore mix of the above.
Or perhaps a deeper affectation? Perhaps a giant bear paw
, with claws like knives. Perhaps a petrified fist of granite
. Maybe someone even grafted the devil's own unholy mitt onto your forearm to replace a lost hand - a literal Red Right Hand
, maybe. A lot harder to hide without shapeshifting, and perhaps even despite shapeshifting
, but hey, it probably 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, field emitters or energy projectors
for added offensive or defensive power. Or maybe you can just launch the whole thing at 'em
. If you have a mechanical arm
, these features may be built into it.
May enable such various powers and Limit Break
super-attacks as: Megaton Punch
, Rocket Punch
, or Hand Blast
Occasionally, someone will use special combat footwear
, either as a complement or alternative to this.
Subtrope of Weapon of Choice
. See also Tricked-Out Gloves
for a non-offensive version, and Power Palms
for a more open source.
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Anime and Manga
- Mazinger Z: The titular mecha not only sported a Rocket Punch -it is the Trope Namer and Trope Maker, 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.
- Kotetsu Jeeg: It has TWO different versions of Rocket Punch. Also, their fists are reinforced.
- s-CRY-ed's lead, Kazuma.
- Liza Wildman of Monster Princess/Princess Resurrection/Kaibutsu Ojou/whatever we're calling that show today.
- The Power Trio of Project Arms has these.
- Chad from Bleach, and his Right Arm of the Giant. 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.
- Subaru and Ginga from Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha StrikerS have one gauntlet each from the pair of Devices that was once owned by their mother. They each get their own set of 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 the FORCE manga. 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 blocking and damaging Subaru's own powered gauntlet mentioned above. As it's name implies, it's really good for grabbing things and make them explode ...like limbs ...or heads.
- Allen Walker from D.Gray-Man, and his left arm. Normally, it's an unsightly Red Right Hand, 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.
- Busou Renkin; 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.
- Hell Teacher Nube's hand, in which a supreme Oni is sealed, is overwhelmingly powerful on its own for ordinary (or not so ordinary) fisticuffs... but later on, Nube learns to release just enough of the Oni's power to turn it into 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 Mahou Sensei Negima! had one of these to suit her Powered Armor so she could stand against the more magical or ki-empowered characters. It was later parodied in the Alternate Continuity Omakes. Later, Chapter 278 has Jack Rakan summoning a huge one, which he uses to smash Fate Averruncus into the ground with a piston-powered punch.
- The Daedalus Attack used in Macross is basically the Humongous Mecha version of a power fist, surrounding an aircraft carrier-sized arm with energy shields to pierce enemy armor, and then firing countless missile batteries while the arm is still inside the target.
- Macross Frontier notably uses this a few times, once as a homage to the original Macross, and in the Grand Finale obliterating a multi-kilometer mecha with the Power Fist of another multi-kilometer mecha.
- By Macross Plus, the aforementioned energy shields have been miniaturized to the point where standard Valkyries have them, and a few pilots in this series and Macross 7 use them to perform a "Pinpoint Barrier Punch".
- Tanarot from Macademi Wasshoi 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.
- A variant is found in Bubblegum Crisis: Knuckle Bombers, which are shaped charges attached to a guard over the fist of the heroines' Powered Armor. Understandably, getting punched by this hurts.
- This hand of mine glows with an awesome POWER!!! ITS BURNING GRIP TELLS ME TO DEFEAT YOU!!!
- Solty from Solty Rei can punch a walking tank ten times her size into the stratosphere.
- Katekyo Hitman Reborn!: 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 Blaster Knuckle, 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 Shikabane Hime fights with spiked armored gauntlets.
- Code Geass : The Guren's Radiant Wave Surger is basically a Power Fist with wicked-looking talons and a Wave Motion Gun built into the palm.
- One of the weapons used by the operatives of Section Nine in the Ghost in the Shell anime can essentially be summed up as tazer knuckles. They're primarily for use against combat-rated cyborgs.
- Occult Academy's: 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.
- 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.
- Fullmetal Alchemist: Major Alex Armstrong has his transmutation circles on giant brass knuckles.
- Black★Rock Shooter: Strength uses two of these. Either one is bigger than her entire body.
- 12 Beast 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 cannons.
- The Golem girl of Deadline Summonner has two of these as her arms, and a cannon built into at least one of them.
- One Piece 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 Senki Zesshou Symphogear has Pile Bunker gauntlets that are very effective when combined with her Kung Fu training. In season 2, they get an upgrade to Rocket-Powered Weapon.
- A Silver Age story had 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 Super Strength; his hands were just reinforced to withstand impact). This example overlaps with Blessed with Suck 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.
- Hellboy has a literal Red Right Hand which is this.
- The Fantastic Four enemy the Super-Skrull likes to turn his hands into copies of The Thing's (no, not that one) and combine rocky-skinned superstrong punches with the long reach of Mister Fantastic and sometimes adds a flame and forcefield combo to add to his punches', er, punch. In fact he once used this destructive combo-punch and his Voluntary Shapeshifting powers to impersonate Powe...I mean, Iron Fist.
- Hellboy's Red Right Hand of Doom!
- The Jager Maxim of Girl Genius wears one of these into combat. Similar devices have also been seen being worn (in flashback) by Dr. Mongfish and The Other.
- Chase of Runaways wore the Fistigons, "the most powerful gauntlets ever invented" for a while. And he has recently retrieved them thanks to the wonders of Time Travel.
- Both versions of Goldengloves from Astro City use super-powered alien boxing gloves as their main gimmick.
- The Satan Claw worn by Baron von Strucker, the original Supreme Hydra in the Marvel Universe. Unfortunately for him, the first person he used the metal weapon on was Magneto.
- Later, The Punisher acquires one of the Satan Claws and proceeds to beat the snot out of Rhino with it.
- Southpaw (from She-Hulk), 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.)
- Strontium Dog 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 Judge Dredd.
- In Batman: The Dark Knight Returns and The Dark Knight Strikes Again, Batman wears gloves made out of kryptonite to give him an edge when handing Superman his ass.
- Gully from Battle Chasers has her father's gauntlets which seem to provide the wearer with Super Strength and invulnerability. Bonus points for Gully being a cute little ten-year-old.
- The original prototype for the Green Lantern Ring was in power glove form.
- 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 glows and shows the Kirby krackle, because.... hey, why not?
- 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 one punch( Actually Superman pretended to be knocked out to fool his villains.). The glove was later a plot point in Brightest Day.
- The Dark Knight has Batman's hydraulic gauntlet, which can bend gun barrels and pierce the bodywork of a van.
- Gamera in the film Gamera 3 Awakening Of Irys gains the ability to form a fist out of plasma after his real hand is amputated. He uses said plasma-fist to Punch a hole into Irys and kill him.
- The Man Who Saves the World: Prior to the final battle, the protagonist melts down his golden BFS and turns it into a pair of magic golden gloves.
- Alien vs. Predator: Requiem: The Wolf Predator has one.
- Inglourious Basterds sees Omar and Donny using punch guns, firearms that slip over the hand and are triggered by the impact of a punch, just before they break into Hitler's theater box.
- The killer in Don't Open Till Christmas kills an undercover police officer by punching him the neck several times with a spiked pair of brass knuckles.
- Army of Darkness has Ash switch his trusty chainsaw for a mechanized fist.
- Near the end of Transformers: Dark of the Moon, 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.
- Pacific Rim: 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.
- Discworld: In Night Watch, both Vimes and Carcer make frequent use of brass knuckles (amongst other inventions of Sir William Blunt-Instrument).
- One Jules de Grandin story has ordinary humans rendered able to punch supernatural creatures by using brass knuckles soaked in lime juice.
- In Eragon, the title character magically alters his hands so that they have lumps of bone on top, because otherwise his hands would fracture every time he hit something.
- In The Malloreon, 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 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.
- Deconstructed in A Song of Ice and Fire when 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.
- Worm has Tecton, whose suit incorporates "piledriver gauntlets". He usually uses them to aid his geokinesis, but they can also be used directly as fearsome weapons.
Live Action TV
- Doctor Who: In "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 (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.
- Buffy the Vampire Slayer: The lightning-shooting Glove of Myneghon in the episode "Revelations", which may have inspired the Doctor Who example in this section.
- Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers/Ninja Sentai Kakuranger: the Ninja Megazord/Kakure Daishogun has one on the end of each arm. Their Finishing Move is a powered blow with both of them together.
- This is one of Kamen Rider Fourze's signature attacks, which is a jet-powered fist in the shape of a rocket.
- The Walnut Bombers from Kamen Rider Gaim, which are weapons locked to the Walnut Lock Seed, currently only used by Kamen Rider Knuckle. Interestingly, these weapons seem to be irremovable.
- The Trope Namer is Warhammer 40,000, 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 wreathed in an energy field that tears apart anything it touches on the atomic level. The game also features:
- 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, Wolverine Claws 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 giant chainsaw also wreathed in the aforementioned destructive energies bolted to the knuckles, which is canonically capable of tearing through metres of nigh-indestructible 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 Humongous Mecha.
- 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", Abaddon's lightning claw with a Twin-Linked Bolter.
- Titan close combat weapons are often enormous Power Fists. One type is the Corvus Assault Pod, which is a combination of a powerfist and 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 Humongous Mecha.
- Marneus Calgar, Chapter Master of the Ultramarines, has "The Gauntlets of Ultramar", two power fists with storm bolters loaded with Abnormal Ammo strapped to the underside of each, just to add that extra dash of Bad Ass and dakka.
- Commissar Sebastian Yarrick lost an arm up to the elbow to an Ork Warboss. Yarrick, being the Bad Ass 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 Tyberos, The Red Wake◊, who combines power fist, 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.
- Warhammer has the ogre ironfist (a sort of hybrid shield and punch dagger) and Dwarf engineer Burlok Damminson's Steam Punk claw.
- "Gauntlets of Ogre Power" are a classic Dungeons & Dragons item, though the manual strength enhancement isn't limited to bare hands.
- Among the "components" available to warforged in 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 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 Rocket Punch!
- Rifts has its own claw-based variation, usually of Wolverine-esque vibroblade claws mounted on the vambrace of a suit of armor or Powered Armor, and normally three in number.
- The RPG SLA Industries 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.
- Exalted has smashfists, an artifact weapon that is pretty much Exactly What It Says on the Tin. 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 Power Fist.
- 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 Piston-Driven Megaton Hammer in their wrists to produce a lot of damage.
- Magic: The Gathering has more than one red enchantment that follows this trope, among them Granite Grip, Stonehands, and Fists of the Demigod.
- The latest art for Kird Ape has powerfists made of rock.
- 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 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.
- 7th Sea: there are two preeminent fighting styles in Eisen. One involves a Zweihander and your face. The other involves a regular broadsword, a 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.
- Battlemachines' power fists are mounted onto giant 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 Warmachine can field Battle Mages, who are equipped with magically-enhanced gauntlets to punch the enemies of their people into next week.
- Whateley Universe:
- At Whateley Academy Chaka gets a set of power gauntlets as a christmas present. They only work twice a day and require her to call her attack but they will go through the local 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 Sockbaby.
- Stinkoman 20X6: 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.
- Kim Possible: When Shego isn't using her 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 burn things to ashes.
- Gemini has a prosthetic hand that can deliver electrical shocks and launch miniature missiles.
- Masters of the Universe: 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 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.
- Lugnut of Transformers Animated can perform what fans have referred to as "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 that Shockwave) in all directions (somehow not damaging him). Of course, it can also be an Achilles' Heel: hit his fist before it hits the ground, it goes off early and he takes the brunt.
- Gargoyles: Owen Burnett has a solid stone fist which he clubs people with when defending his boss, David Xanatos.
- Huey Freeman of The Boondocks uses the "Black Power Fist" (basically a taser glove) in the episode "Let's Nab Oprah."
- Futurama: The (Robot) Devil's Hands are Idle Playthings, but they're pretty handy for playing golden fiddles.
- In Batman: The Brave and the Bold, Batman has Nth Metal Knuckledusters that allow him to punch ghosts.
- Transformers Cybertron joins this with Combining Mecha 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 Super Mode, though). It becomes even more devastating when Leobreaker deploys his Cyber 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 Evil Knockoff of Leobreaker, he can combine with N.B. for Dark Claw Mode.
- Used a few times in Avatar: The Last Airbender, mostly by earthbenders to surround their hands with stone (or in Toph's case, 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 The Legend of Korra, the Equalists use electrocution gloves to dispatch their enemies, which Asami Sato uses against them. The shock glove becomes her signature weapon.
- Junko from Storm Hawks has his "Knuckle Busters", which enhance his strength and punching power when activated, though he doesn't really need them.
- Generator Rex: One of the machines Rex can generate is this. It seems to be his favourite so far.
- Xiaolin Showdown: The Shen Gong Wu Fist of Tebigong grants the user this ability.
- Garnet from Steven Universe 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 COPS, mob kingpin Big Boss has a cybernetic hand that gets a workout whenever he's really steamed.
- 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.
- The Pistol Glove which fires a bullet when it lands a punch. Ow.
- 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 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. These things statistically triple the wearer's punching force.
- General Electric's "Hardiman" system has particularly terrifying hydraulic claws (as may be seen here). They'd need the whole exoskeleton to be worn to use in a standalone fashion, and GE never solved potentially lethal positive feedback loops in the control system. Man amplifiers are coming back into fashion though...
- For kids, there's also the 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.
- Taser knuckledusters. Brass Knucks combined with the taser.
- The modern boxing glove is something of an aversion, designed more to cushion the impact of the fist with its target than anything else. Still probably has its shades of this mainly due to the context in which one most often sees it used...
- 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 that's 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.