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- One Piece: how Emporio Ivankov's "Eye Beams" actually work, just replace hands with eyelashes.
- Newgate, as per his Devil Fruit powers, can do Shockwave Punches.
- Assassination Classroom: Nagisa is taught this as an assassination technique; clapping his hands in front of an enemy whose senses are on high alert disorients them. In the over-the-top style of the manga this is represented as a nuclear explosion
- A trademark move of both Fantastic Four's The Thing and the Hulk.
- In a notable instance, at the end of the Fall of The Hulks storyline, the Hulk uses this to stop a building from collapsing by using the shockwave to fill the building with sand (he was fighting on the beach).
- And clearly The Sentry picked this one up from his buddy the Hulk, as he's shown using it against the minions of the Void.
- Luke Cage performs this maneuver in the second New Avengers #1. Victoria Hand (Token Good Teammate of the Dark Avengers) meets him at the Avengers Mansion because Cap asked her to, but shows up with a gun on the grounds that she has no powers to defend herself with and the Avengers aren't exactly fond of her. Since he has Jessica and their baby with him, Cage demonstrates that the gun isn't much help by clapping his hands together so hard Hand goes flying.
- Supergirl has performed this move every so often. In Red Lanterns: Atrocities she uses a super-clap to take down a mob of Red Lanterns surrounding her.
- Superboy-Prime does this to hit two Legionnaires in Final Crisis: Legion of 3 Worlds.
- Superman has been known to do this on occasion.
- In JLA: Incarnations #5, Vibe and his vibrational powers show you how it's done.◊
- Flint did a more narrow-focused version of this technique during her time with Stormwatch Red.
- In X-Men The mutant Arclight, in addition to her superhuman strength, endurance, and durability, has the ability to create seismic energy with her hands that generate shockwaves and geo tremors. As noted below, her film incarnation possesses the same abilities.
- In his first appearance, Lightning Lad of the Legion of Super-Heroes had his Shock and Awe powers work this way (it was later changed to just using lightning without any clapping). From the story itself:
Lightning Lad: "My hands are like the positive and negative poles of a battery! Each time I clap them together, a super-lightning flash leaps forth!"
- Hunter Zolomon (Zoom/Reverse-Flash II) was able to make sonic booms with just finger snaps, but he's also used this trope, which is basically a stronger version of the finger snap trick.
- In X-Men: The Last Stand, Arclight (see above) has this ability. And that's all she does, but apparently she can control it well enough to make sure the shockwave only breaks certain materials.
- Also used in The Incredible Hulk movie by the titular character to douse a fire.
- DC Extended Universe: Wonder Woman can blast forth shockwaves by clashing her vambraces together.
- That power is enough to budge Doomsday a few feet away in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.
- She discovers this power when training with Antiope in her eponymous film, sending Antiope flying and injuring her a bit as a result.
- She uses this against Steppenwolf in Justice League.
- Diana tries using this move against the resurrected Superman in a fight, he stops her before she can even move by grabbing her arms.
- In Keys to the Kingdom: Sir Thursday, Dame Primus does this with the Second Key, which takes the form of a pair of gloves.
- An addition to the Super Strength power in Mutants & Masterminds.
- One of the psychic powers (called Thunderclap) available to Space Wolf Rune Priests in Warhammer 40,000.
- The Mega-Strength enhancement Thunderclap allows a character to do this is Aberrant.
- Dungeons & Dragons 3.5 has the Thunderclap feat from the Book of Vile Drakness that gives a powerful sonic attack in a cone that has a chance to deafen and even knock enemies down and also extinguishes unprotected fire sources, by clapping hands really hard. The more powerful the user (mesured in Hit Dice), the bigger the affected area and the harder it gets to resist. This feat requires a massive Strength score of 30 since it was designed for monsters, and a standard PC race would need a load of bonuses from various sources to reach such an amount.
- City of Heroes: The Hand Clap power from the Super Strength powerset.
- Some of the electrical themed power sets also receive Lightning Clap, which is functionally identical.
- Champions Online: Thunder Clap from the Might framework.
- DC Universe Online: Might characters can clap their hands to create a very focused, damaging ranged shockwave.
- One of the central game mechanics of Donkey Kong Jungle Beat. It would later be brought over to Super Smash Bros. Brawl in the form of Donkey Kong's Final Smash.
- In Marvel Super Heroes and subsequent Marvel vs. Capcom titles, this is Hulk's heavy air attack.
- Hulk could do this as a ranged attack in The Incredible Hulk: Ultimate Destruction, but it functioned as a radius effect around him rather than a cone-shaped projection the way it typically did in the comics. While listed as being an anti-air attack, it had a limited radius unless fully charged, which took too long to be useful.
- Alex Mercer. That is, when he's not just eating people.
- Even better, he's not clapping hands. He's smashing his knuckles together.
- The Pandaren Brewmaster in Defense of the Ancients: All-Stars.
- Colossus from X-Men Legends.
- In Mortal Kombat: Deadly Alliance and Armageddon, Hsu Hao has a special named "Khan Klap/Thunder Klap" (note the intentional misspelling) which emits a visible pulse of air that damages his enemy while pushing them back.
- Borderlands 2: Gaige's Deathtrap can do this.
- Slammers from Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon use this as an attack.
- Jimmy's Mini-Mecha, LUX5000, from Awesomenauts smashes its fists together at the end of their auto attack combo to create a damaging shockwave around them.
- Paint the Town Red has the Shockwave move, used when you dealt enough damage. Much like Alex Mercer you do this my slamming your fists together. Unlike Mercer, you don't have massive gorilla arms when you do it! It deals some damage but it's mostly there for crowd control as the game has a lot of guys coming for your blood and breathing room is important to kill everyone.
- Terraria: The Stardust Guardian that comes as a set bonus from Stardust armor has the ability to cause explosions that cause minor damage and draw enemies towards him and away from you by clapping his hands.
- Captain Excelsior: The Thunderclap.
- In the second season of the Fantastic Four cartoon, the Hulk knocked Johnny out of the air this way.
- In Megas XLR, the Humongous Mecha does this in the first episode.
- Fourarms does this a lot on Ben 10.
- Transformers Animated: Bulkhead does the shockwave part unintentionally.
- The Stone Giants from Disney's Atlantis: The Lost Empire actually generate force fields by clapping their hands.
- Johnny Test has this ability when he (thanks to one of his sisters' lab experiments) turns into Johnny X. He calls it his Hurricane Hands.
- In Superman: The Animated Series, Supes puts out a burning apartment this way.
- A telekinetic version occurs in the Star Wars Rebels episode "Future of the Force". It's hard to notice, but in her fight against the Seventh Sister Ahsoka Tano didn't actually use the standard Force-push, rather than clapping her hands together, which slammed the inquisitor into a stonepillar so hard it cracked from the impact.
- The Alpheidae, or pistol shrimp, can create bubbles with its claws which implode within a millisecond. The bubble heats the surrounding water to a temperature of nearly 4700°C (nearly as hot as the surface of the sun) when it collapses, producing a shockwave that can kill small fish at short range. At a measured loudness of 218 decibels at 1 meter, the gun also makes the pistol shrimp one of the loudest creatures in the ocean.