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[[caption-width-right:240:Not the TropeNamer. Really.]]

->'''''THESE. ARE. MY. HANDS!'''''
-->--[[WebAnimation/HomestarRunner Strong Bad]], ''VideoGame/PokerNightAtTheInventory'', upon being asked, [[RunningGag yet again]], how "he can type with those boxing gloves on".

Even in the less politically correct era of animation long gone, the pioneers of animation thought that using boxing gloves instead of bare fists lowered the level of violence. They were also much easier to draw, and easier to see. (However, it has since been proven that because of the extra weight of boxing gloves and [[InvulnerableKnuckles because they allow people to hit harder without hurting themselves]], [[RealityIsUnrealistic they actually cause more damage than they prevent.]])

At some point, boxing gloves came to be seen in a comedic light. Boxing gloves on big goofy springs replaced more harmful or deadly implements for all manner of reasons. To drive this point home, boxing gloves are always bright red for heightened visibility. Boxing gloves tend toward the bright red, anyway...

Compare with WhenAllYouHaveIsAHammer. If the red boxing gloves are not directly on someone's fists, then this is ExtendoBoxingGlove or ImprobableWeaponUsage.

{{Boxing kangaroo}}s are almost always shown wearing these.

Concealed red boxing gloves come under this, with the application of FridgeLogic and {{Hammerspace}} to hide something about a foot wide in, say, 5 inches of space. Yes, red boxing gloves in cartoons can get very oversized.


[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* The ''Franchise/{{Digimon}}'' anime has these, from Togemon in the [[Anime/DigimonAdventure first season]] to Gaomon in ''Anime/DigimonSavers''.
* The first ''Anime/LupinIIIRedJacket'' opening had the boxing glove on a spring. Lupin tries to dive on Fujiko in a bed and, well, falls for the [[IncrediblyLamePun "booby"-trapped "box"]], so to speak.
* ''Anime/{{FLCL}}'' would imitate the ''Lupin III'' example by having main character's father attempt the same thing. [[http://i35.tinypic.com/23wjoqs.jpg It went about as well for him.]]
* The third ''Manga/SgtFrog'' movie has Keroro whipping out the Kero Ball to salvage an emergency, then hitting a button, only for a boxing glove to come out of it and right into his own face.
* The Franchise/{{Pokemon}} Hitmonchan and Poliwhirl either [[BodyHorror always have growths on their hands that cause them to resemble boxing gloves]] or always wear boxing gloves.
* In ''Manga/OnePiece'', during the final event of the Davy Back Fight, Luffy wears these when he faces off with Foxy.
** Nami's "Thunder Tempo" is basically one of those extendo-boxing gloves shooting out of one of the Clima-Tact poles.
* ''[[Anime/MobileFighterGGundam G Gundam's]]'' [[EagleLand Gundam Maxter]] can transform into a boxer mode, where its bright red shoulder pads move and transform into boxing gloves. This allows it much more powerful punching techniques.

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* ComicBook/GreenArrow has (in)famously used a Boxing Glove TrickArrow.
* Both the Golden and Silver Age [[Comicbook/GreenLantern Green Lanterns]] have gone for the Big Green Boxing Glove for a quick KO.
* In the Creator/CarlBarks comic "Back to the Klondike", [=Scrooge McDuck=]'s "burglar batterer" is a gigantic boxing glove that drops from the ceiling.
* A mysterious flying red boxing glove appears in the [[DadaComics dada comic]] ''[[http://www.yellow5.com/pokey/ Pokey the Penguin.]]'' It first appears in ''[[http://www.yellow5.com/pokey/archive/index22.html Pokey and the Boxing Glove]]''
* ComicBook/{{Hellboy}}'s Right Hand of Doom might have been inspired by this...
* In ''ComicBook/{{Preacher}}'', Jesse has to infiltrate a Caligula-level sex party. Among the people there is a dude with boxing gloves on, only they're not for boxing.

* The Boxing Glove Mallet in ''Film/WhoFramedRogerRabbit'', with a red boxing glove at the end. Used by a cop in this clip [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iL1PaWQ-BI8 at 0:55]], and again by Eddie Valiant [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UVCtlYxD0XE at 4:40]].
* SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker used an extendable boxing glove device in ''Film/{{Batman}}'' (1989), [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yfD5f93OtHc starting about 2:45]]. This glove is also red.
* The boxing glove bazooka in ''Film/HotShotsPartDeux''.
* The 1962 ''Film/{{Lolita}}'' begins (in what's the story's end) with Humbert tracking Quilty to a cluttered mansion. Quilty, in a loopy drunken haze, tries playing a game of ping pong with the confronting Humbert, who pulls a gun. Quilty challenges him to go mano a mano, pulling on a pair of boxing gloves (there for lord knows what purpose) - he's carrying on comically until Humbert fires a shot. Quilty nervously mumbles "wow... right in the boxing glove!"
* [[Film/InspectorGadget "Don't make me go De La Hoya on you!"]]

[[folder:Live Action Television]]
* Usually invoked when a mecha in ''Franchise/SuperSentai'' relies on boxing in combat - Super Dekaranger Robo from ''Dekaranger'' and [=DaiVoyager=] from ''Boukenger'' may not have ''red'' fists, but [=RedPuncher=] from ''Ohranger'' and Datas Hyper in ''Series/TensouSentaiGoseiger'' do.
** ''[[Series/GogoSentaiBoukenger Boukenger's]]'' [[TheMovie second movie]] upgraded [=DaiVoyager=] into Burning Legend [=DaiVoyager=] which, [[PowerGivesYouWings among]] [[ChestBlaster other]] [[IncendiaryExponent upgrades]], turned [=DaiVoyager=]'s fists a fiery red, playing the trope straight.
** Non-mecha example: the Magi Punch weapon in ''Series/MahouSentaiMagiranger'' (later reused for Series/PowerRangersMysticForce) is basically a pair of red boxing gloves ([[BlingOfWar with some gold trim]]).

* [[Creator/MidwayGames Bally]]'s ''Pinball/DrDude'' uses a spring-mounted boxing glove to knock out Big Shot.
-->"Don't get mad, get even!"

[[folder:Professional Wrestling]]
* During the "sports entertainment" era of [[Wrestling/{{FMW}} Frontier Martial-Arts Wrestling]], Team No Respect booked Willie Williams in a mixed martial arts contest against a red boxing glove wearing Bad Boy Hido. Hido was hindered by them but did manage to apply a Fujiwara arm bar despite them.[[/folder]]

* The short-lived Toys/{{Xevoz}} modular action-figure line features interchangeable body parts and weapons, including "gag parts" that fly in the face of the general action theme -- the [[MegaNeko Razorclaw]] figure includes boxing glove hands.
* There is a ''TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles'' toy which iss basically a cartoonified UH-1 Huey helicopter gunship, but with reciprocating boxing gloves on the ends of the landing skids. It may made it into the series. [[http://jaydawg726.tripod.com/EBAY/TMNT/TMNT_helicopter_side.jpg Here]] is a pic of the thing.
* At least one Joker toy from each wave of ''Franchise/{{Batman}}'' figures has to come with a boxing glove weapon. The first Harley Quinn figure does, too. Even in a toyline based on ''Film/TheDarkKnight'', they still have to give the Joker a boxing glove bazooka, with the card back proudly declaring, "He deals a mean right!"
* The toyline that accompanied the WB movie ''Film/SpaceJam'' had each Looney Toon banded with some toon prop that was never in the movie. Bugs Bunny himself came with a skateboard that had a red boxing glove mounted on it.
* See the ''Franchise/SuperSentai'' examples above. All those mecha are available in toy form, and kidsize Magi Punch gloves have also been made.
* ''Big Boa'' from the original ''GIJoe'' toyline. He was a Cobra operative with a pair of red boxing gloves with the Cobra-insignia on the back. [[http://cdn2.iofferphoto.com/img/item/777/666/46/o_MEnuzycgfMlVVT0.jpg]] Interestingly, the mold is reused to make a [[StreetFighter Balrog]] [[http://www.bigislandtoys.com/images2/27278.jpg figure]] later on, with gloves retained.
* ''Film/TheMask'' had a figure called "Howlin' Wolf Mask," which came with a bazooka that was armed with a boxing glove. Squeezing the bulb on the back of the bazooka fired the glove. Interestingly enough, one of the [[Franchise/{{Batman}} Joker]] figures made by Kenner as part of 1989's "Dark Knight Collection" carried this accessory.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* The final unlock of the first two ''VideoGame/ApeEscape'' games is a bright red boxing glove mounted on an extendable lattice, called the Magic Punch.
* Spring-mounted boxing glove in ''VideoGame/DayOfTheTentacle'', which is powerful enough to knock a main character across the room. Fortunately she was a bit loopy to start with.
* In some of the ''VideoGame/MetalSlug'' games, while crouching, Tarma uses a spring-loaded boxing glove in his backpack, rather than a knife.
* Akihiko's boxing gloves are red in ''VideoGame/{{Persona 3}}''. However, the color can be changed if you change weapons (it just isn't likely).
* Hitmonchan in ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}'' games has them the same as in anime and Poliwhirl has white ones. The former is primarily fighting type and while the latter's main focus is MakingASplash, he can learn fighting, too.
* Averted in ''VideoGame/PunchOut'': Little Mac's gloves are green. Likewise in the 2009 UsefulNotes/{{Wii}} release his gloves are a different color depending on what circuit the player is in, as he wears the aforementioned green gloves in the minor circuit, Light Blue Gloves in the Major Circuit, Red Gloves in the World Circuit (Which justifies the trope), and Golden Gloves in Title Defense. Played straight with some CPU opponents, such as Glass Joe, Bear Hugger and Bald Bull (who wear them both in the Contender and Title Defense bouts), as well as [[spoiler:Donkey Kong]].
** The game's Title Defense mode gives Aran Ryan a boxing glove whip. How nobody calls him out for it is beyond me. The glove on the whip is ''purple'' (the ones he's wearing are a light green).
* ''VideoGame/RivalSchools''' Tiffany wears over-sized boxing gloves as a part of her [[SheFu cheerleading/fighting]] costume.
* Red boxing gloves on springs are one of the weapons in a battle game in ''SuperMonkeyBall''.
* Knuckles from the ''SonicTheHedgehog'' series might count as a variation: his gloves are in the shape of boxing gloves, but they're [[WhiteGloves white]]; Knuckles ''himself'' is red.
** In ''Sonic Adventure 2'', one of Dr. Eggman's close-range attacks is a boxing glove on a spring.
** In ''VideoGame/SonicBattle'', Tails and Amy each use boxing gloves in one of their attacks (Amy just punches wearing them, Tails summons one on an extending spring).
* In ''Franchise/StreetFighter'', there's a character who's called Mike Bison in Japan, Balrog in the US, and sometimes just the Boxer by fans who want to avoid confusion. At least the red boxing gloves are always the same.
** His SpiritualSuccessor Dudley in SF III has ''blue'' ones.
* ''Taz: Wanted'' has these as "Whack-in-the-Boxes", which must be disabled before destroying them.
* In ''VideoGame/WarioMasterOfDisguise'', Wario can use one attached to a spring.
* The second boss in ''VideoGame/WarioLand Shake It'' had Wario using a red boxing glove on a spring attached to a unicycle to attack him (or more precisely, knock spanners and tires at the boss and smash up his race car). There was also an enemy in ''[[SuperMarioBros Super Mario Sunshine]]'' that was just a red boxing glove on a spring, and that just knocked him off a ledge or the like.
* [[PowerupMount Ricky]] in ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaOracleGames'' wears these. In fact, they are his IconicItem and in both games, you have to retrieve them before he will help you.
* SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker uses the already-mentioned extendo Boxing Glove in ''VideoGame/MortalKombatVsDCUniverse.''
* These spring up in some sillier racing games as an attack, such as in Looney Tunes's Space Race; here it's the ammo for a pistol. The schematics show that the punch goes "that way very fast".
* Gato in ''VideoGame/ChronoTrigger'' attacks with one of these mounted on an extender in its chest. Justified since it's a training robot and not meant to slaughter the happy citizens who take their chances.
* As a BoxingKangaroo, Roger and his wife from the ''Tekken'' series wear these; his son wears yellow gloves, and PaletteSwap Alex wears blue. Somehow they're able to use ProfessionalWrestling grapples with them.
* One of these is described as a penalty for guessing the wrong password in the RPG ''Wasteland''. Rather odd appearance in the after-the-end genre.
* In ''VideoGame/TeamFortress2'', The Heavy unlocks a pair of boxing gloves as a Melee weapon, replacing his fists. While they're slower then the fists, every kill you make with them gurantees 5 seconds of Critical Hits, allowing the Heavy to go on a spree of killer uppercuts. They're called the Killing Gloves of Boxing, which is also FunWithAcronyms; The Heavy is Russian, and the KGB was the Russian CIA. More recently, he also got the Gloves of Running Urgently (GRU), which have flames painted on them and make him run faster.
** This comes full circle in ''VideoGame/PokerNightAtTheInventory'', when the Heavy finally meets [=StrongBad=] himself.
* Several pairs of red boxing gloves can be found in ''VideoGame/{{Fallout 2}}'', in New Reno. They're the only weapon you're allowed to bring into the ring if you take up prizefighting. The regular gloves follow suit fairly well, as they do minimal damage. The ''plated'' gloves, on the other hand, packs a little surprise...
** ''VideoGame/FalloutNewVegas'' brings back the Boxing Gloves, which make non-lethal takedowns much easier. Those who don't like the gloves can opt for HandwrapsOfAwesome instead. There are also golden versions found in the Lucky 38, which are improved versions of the regular thing.
* In ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII'', Barret gets one as a melee-range weapon for his gun arm, called the Rocket Punch. It functions as his materia-slotless but more physically powerful weapon.
* ''VideoGame/{{Dizzy}}'' from the 8-bit games. Though they don't exactly look like ones, there is a textbox in the third game that proves that yes, he is indeed wearing boxing gloves.
* One of the costume sets unlocked as a veteran reward (given for time in play) in ''VideoGame/CityOfHeroes'' is a boxing set that naturally includes RedBoxingGloves.
* ''VideoGame/LeagueOfLegends'' features Blitzcrank, a magical/mechanical golem. At least two of his skins have him wearing large RedBoxingGloves over his large hands (he is still able to grab with those).
* ''VideoGame/RainbowIslands'' features boxing gloves on springs as enemies on Toy Island. They're purple to begin with, but that's because they [[TurnsRed turn red]] when antagonised.
* In ''Felix the Cat'' for the NES, Felix starts out with a red boxing glove. (This is also in the GameBoy version, except that the GameBoy can't show red.)
* MarioSuperstarBaseball has Donkey Kong use a red boxing glove instead of a baseball bat, punching balls pitched to him. The sequel has other Donkey Kong characters using non-standard items in the place of a baseball bat, most notably Funky Kong using a surfboard.

* Punchgirl of ''Webcomic/TheIncredibleAndAweInspiringSerialAdventureOfTheAmazingPlasmaMan'' has red boxing gloves as part of her super-hero costume.

[[folder:Web Original]]
* One can shudder to think of how brutally Strong Bad of ''WebAnimation/HomestarRunner'' could make fun of names and spelling errors, if he didn't have to type through his boxing gloves.
* The Champ, a superhero in the ''Roleplay/GlobalGuardiansPBEMUniverse'', is the AnthropomorphicPersonification of Boxing (no, really...). His costume naturally includes red boxing gloves, though it's not clear whether those are actually gloves or his ''hands'', because no one has ever seen him take them off, and he seems to be able to manipulate things through them just fine.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* The Joker from ''Batman'', more so for the Franchise/{{DCAU}} version, along with his sidekick Harley Quinn. It goes wrong one time when Harley tries to headshot Supergirl with a boxing glove gun, and it rebounds off Kara's head harmlessly to score a direct hit on Harley herself.
* In the WesternAnimation/{{Classic Disney Short|s}} ''Magician Mickey'', DonaldDuck fights with a cactus sporting boxing gloves.
** In another cartoon, ''Clown of the Jungle'', the [[ScrewySquirrel Aracuan Bird]] gets Donald with spring-loaded boxing gloves that come out of his sunglasses.
* Cartoon kangaroos often wear them, as part of the BoxingKangaroo stereotype.
* In an episode of ''WesternAnimation/HomeMovies'', Brendon's grandpa has boxing gloves and offers to teach Brendon to fight. Brendon is understandably hesitant but grandpa's repeatedly goading him with girly name-calling gets him to get in some punches. And grandpa lined the gloves with ball bearings for extra "oomph". Painfully, awkwardly funny.
* On ''WesternAnimation/BeavisAndButthead'', the duo practice for mud wrestling by making a mudpit in their front yard, wearing biking tops, and smacking each other with a baseball bat that has a boxing glove on the end. It is just as amazing as it sounds.
* The Creator/TexAvery MGM short "Lonesome Lenny" uses the old 'loaded boxing glove' bit punching ''ScrewySquirrel''. He grabs the glove and shakes out a horseshoe...then three more...and the horse from which they came.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/VeggieTales'' video "Dave and the Giant Pickle", Goliath comes out to fight Dave with big red boxing gloves. [[InvisibleAnatomy Which float in the air because he doesn't have hands.]]
* ''WesternAnimation/MrBogus'' wears these in the third act of the episode "[[Recap/MrBogusS1E5ShopAroundTheClock Shop Around The Clock]]" while sparring against a toy kangaroo in the toy store.

[[folder:Real Life]]
* Actually, some studies have been shown that a person will do MORE damage with boxing gloves for a few reasons. A person is much less likely to hold back for fear of hurting themselves, or the other person, thinking the gloves will protect them. The padding of the glove distributes the force of impact across more area, like an AOE attack in an MMO. Boxing gloves exist primarily to prevent the fists from getting damaged (human bones are strong, hand bones are weak, and the face sports many inconvenient angles to break your hand on). It does reduce the chance of blood from facial cuts, but it increases the risk of brain damage. One of the reasons they eschew traditional boxing gloves in UFC is that it's safer (well, that and they'd make grappling a bitch).
* The number of boxers killed before the introduction of gloves was negligible (a handful of recorded cases). This number exploded with the introduction of gloves, because you could now punch opponents in the face repeatedly without breaking your hand. Furthermore, the way force is transferred through the glove increases the stress on the brain (read: brain damage and fatal aneurisms). Some sources estimate the death ''rate'' of bareknuckle boxing at about 14,000 deaths per million participants, and of modern professional boxing at less than 80 deaths per million participants. Of course, brain damage isn't necessarily death...
** When original (non-red) boxing gloves were introduced, the rate of deaths went up dramatically due to the extra padding allow a change in tactics. Boxers discovered that they could now throw what was essentially a spinning backfist and the padding would keep them from breaking the bones in the back of the hand. So the most efficient way for a quick knockout was to aim to land a spinning backfist to the temple of the opponent, which was often lethal.
* The (heavy, metal) counterweight on the Pluto Telescope at Lowell Observatory has a red boxing glove attached to the end, to reduce the risk of injury if someone bumps into it in the dark. A possibly apocryphal story says that one scientist there, a skilled amateur boxer, gave himself a black eye by running into the counterweight one night, and his colleagues put the glove on it to help ensure he would NeverLiveItDown.
* Although many colors of glove do exist, red is possibly the most common in professional fights and certainly the most iconic.