While some might use dodges or blocks to avoid the fist flying toward them, others prefer to simply reach out and catch it like a softball. Since this is almost always a demonstration of strength and superiority, the person catching the punch is rarely hurt
by being punched directly in the palm. Instead, it often becomes an opportunity for the catcher to close his fingers around the offending fist and squeeze.
Note that this trope isn't just blocking or deflecting a punch. This trope is when the punch just STOPS, firmly placed in the palm of someone's hand. If they really want to demonstrate superior strength, they will proceed to either crush the hand or twist the arm painfully. If they want to showcase how much weaker the puncher is, they may even punch the original puncher in the face with their own fist to add insult to injury.
Compare Bare-Handed Blade Block
for when catching a sword instead of a fist and Punch Parry
for when the fist is blocked with another fist.
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- In the Goku vs. Superman fight in Death Battle, Goku does this on Supes when revealing his Super Mode. Superman returned the favor with his power pole.
Films — Animation
Films — Live-Action
- Gruesome Krav from Skulduggery Pleasant, himself extremely strong, once made the mistake of punching Mr. Bliss. Bliss caught his fist and then crushed it.
- In Of Mice and Men, Curley is beating up Lennie. As Curley swings at him, Lennie grabs his fist and holds onto it, then crushes it with his great strength, without even meaning to.
- In Citadel, when Duncan challenged Coach Achala, Achala caught one of his punches and Duncan's whole arm broke.
- Clark does it many times, even against Kara and Zod. Also against Oliver / Darkseid in the Grand Finale.
- Aldar and Doomsday both pull it on Clark.
- Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Spike does this during the Demon Trials, and discovers it's not a good idea when your opponent has flaming fists.
- Angel and his son Connor do this a few times. So does Vampire Hunter Holtz when he first meets Justine — she's not impressed and follows it up by headbutting him.
- Juken Sentai Gekiranger - Retsu / Geki Blue's brother Gou reappears after several years as a rabid Wolf Man. While Gou's the same age as before the transformation, he's not happy to learn the kid brother he remembers as a crybaby is now both a fellow martial artist and a superhero. After an argument about whether Retsu can handle it, he tries to prove his point by throwing a punch — and is very surprised when Retsu catches his fist and pushes him back.
- Supernatural. In "Hammer of the Gods" a bunch of pagan gods get together to stop the Apocalypse, only for Lucifer to turn up and Curb-Stomp Battle them all. At one point, he does a punch catch to Baron Samedi. We don't see what happens after Lucifer catches his fist, but it involves a lot of blood splattering against the wall.
- Kos-Mos blocks one of T-elos' punches this way in the third Xenosaga game. She's alot stronger than her so she breaks her arm doing it. T-elos does this to Ziggy just before the second fight.
- Wesker does this to Chris in Resident Evil 5 proving just how much stronger hes become after being reborn.
- Asura from Asura's Wrath dopes this to a Taison in episode 8. Chakravartin does this to Asura twice, once in his creator form. Both times are done with just one finger.
- In Ratchet & Clank Future: A Crack In Time Sigmund the robot ends up fighting Alistair at the game's climax. He tries punching him with one fist and he catches it. He tries punching him with his other arm and the same thing happens. Then a cucukoo bird pops out of a chest compartment and whacks him in the face a few times before he knocks Sigmund away.
- In Injustice: Gods Among Us Insurgency Deathstroke catches two of Regime Wonder Woman's punches, showing how good he is fighting against the amazon's old and predictable moves.
- Red vs. Blue Season Ten has Maine do this. He was strong before, but this was to demonstrate his new enhancements after his injuries from Season 9.
- In UC, one of the grey possessed high school students easily catches Kelsiís fist, at the beginning of their fight. Kelsi is understandably shocked, as a few comics earlier, she knocked down the same high school student, sans possession, with a single angry punch.
- In Teen Titans episode "Apprentice", Robin tries to punch Slade who just catches it with his hand.
- King of the Hill
- When Hank finally tells off the idiotic Bostonian he's been stuck with, he throws a punch at him. Hank catches it without missing a beat.
- During a flashback in "Stand By Your Fool" when a drunk Hank pokes a beefy guy in a punk rock bar, the then in shape and badass Bill intercepts the fist.
- During the final fight in Superman: The Animated Series, Darkseid catches one of Superman's punches after Superman hits him a few times.
- In the Young Justice episode "Agendas", when Match punches Superboy after Superboy uses a Shield patch, Superboy catches it before sending him flying.
- When Ross becomes the Red Hulk his strength allowed him to pull this on the Hulk in The Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes.
- In ReBoot, Megabyte does this to Matrix.
- Non Superpowered example in Gravity Falls in the season one finale. After Dipper breaks his way inside Gideon's giant robot and the two brawl Dipper is able to catch Gideon's fist and then whack him with it, making the Motion Capture Mecha do the same.
- In the Justice League episode "Kid's Stuff", Superman catches Blockbuster's fist and makes him punch himself in the face.
- Awesome but Impractical — Not only would it hurt and possibly break your hand, but you would need a huge strength difference to be able to pull it off in the first place. It's far easier and safer to simply dodge or deflect the punch. Of course, the whole point of this trope is to demonstrate immense physical superiority, and look totally badass in the process.
- A somewhat more practical method in real life that is less common in fiction is instead to catch the wrist of the punching hand and pulling it out to the side.
- One way boxers block a jab is to "catch" it with their same-side hand, basically giving the jab a high-five (illustration◊). The difference is that there's no attempt to grab and keep hold of the punching hand; the hand doing the "catch" is open and relaxed, which dissipates the force of the punch. Rather, the defending fighter will counter with a punch while the opponent retracts the blocked jab.
- Done in boxing training by the coach, through gloves with large pads on the end, meant to absorb the hit. While it doesn't catch the fist per say, it sure does look a lot like this.