Pummel Duel

Double the Fisticuffs, double the fun!

When two characters both try to punch each other at the same time knock fists, we call that a Punch Parry. When two engage in a duel of Rapid-Fire Fisticuffs and struggle for dominance? That is what this page covers. Very common in shonen action series, and often used in conjunction with Flash Steps. This comes in two common variants, using mostly straight punches originating from a single point of origin and then simply branching off via modifying the position the outstretched arm ends in, or throwing out lots of curved, "haymaker" type punches which usually cover a greater "field" of potential areas to hit.

The Trope Namer is the video game God Hand, where two characters trying to use the "pummel" attack on each other results in this. It appears in most other titles made by Platinum Games from that game onwards.


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  • Clover Studios/Platinum Games seems to really love this trope:
    • God Hand, as the trope namer description indicates, tends to have these often when you fight Azel, Gene's Evil Counterpart. God Hand also has the same thing with kicks while fighting Azel.
    • The battle between Jack and the Final Boss in MadWorld, which is a Shout-Out to the above God Hand example.
    • It's also found in Anarchy Reigns, the pseudo-sequel to the game when two characters enter Rampage Mode and attack each other.
    • And seen yet again in Bayonetta, between the title character and her rival Jeanne. With giant fists made of hair no less.
    • Done another time in Vanquish in Sam Gideon's Fight against the Leader of the Order Of the Russian Star. It's worth noting that Sam performs this against two mechs under the Big Bad's control simultaneously.
    • It can also be found in the fourth and final fight with Prince Vorkken in The Wonderful 101 with Wonder-Red being the other participant. Now here's the kicker, each side has the ability to link their 100 allies together into various forms of huge weaponry (swords, hammers, etc). Wonder-Red's special morph is a fist... you figure out the rest.
  • Fist of the North Star: Ken's Rage has them during most boss fights with other martial arts users.
  • This happens in the Dragon Ball Z Budokai games whenever two characters match blows. After a short period of time, whoever has the advantage will break the duel and get a free shot at the loser.
  • Asura's Wrath has one in the form of Asura and his Old Master Augus. What makes this especially impressive is that the two armed Augus is able to match Asura blow for blow, when he has all SIX of his own arms out. Arms with Rapid-Fire Fisticuffs that can become so powerful they can destroy objects the size of planets. The way it plays out is definitely a Shout-Out to the Clover Studios/Platinum Games style of pummel duels, and it's taken up to eleven with Cross Counters added in for extra oomph.
    • And all this is happening to the sound of the New World Symphony.
    • Asura later gets one with Chakravartin. This one is especially spectacular considering the latter has even more arms than Asura.
    • It happens again in the finale of Lost Episode 2, between Mantra Asura and Oni.
  • Jojos Bizarre Adventure All Star Battle has these when two Stands do Rapid-Fire Fisticuffs on each other at once, playing out similarly to the Dragon Ball Z Budokai example above.
    • This can also be done by Jonathan Joestar, who is the only non-Stand user who can keep up with them.
    • The original Capcom fighter had this, too.
  • Now Super Smash Bros. allows players to do this with a Little Mac vs. Little Mac match.
  • Another CyberConnect2 example in Naruto Shippuden Ultimate Ninja Storm 4, where the gameplay demo for the boss between Hashirama and Madara has Susanoo-clad Kurama and Hashirama's thousand armed wood Buddha get into one these for the climatic finale. The former has six arms. Hmm....

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