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The Kamehame Hadoken is a Ki Manipulation technique (or any Functional Magic equivalent) in the form of a burst of weaponised energy, typically shot from the cupped hands of the main character after bringing their hands forward from behind their back or aside their hip, and varying greatly in size and intensity; from the "normal", utility Energy Ball attack (as it is with Hadoken) to a devastating beam worthy of a Limit Break or Finishing Move (as it is with Kamehameha).

A staple for Shotoclones, along with the Shoryuken and Hurricane Kick. Compare with BFG, which is often the technological version, and Wave-Motion Gun, for the Humongous Mecha or spaceship-scale version of that. Also Wave Motion Sword, the sword version. Contrast Beam Spam. Compare also Blasting Time, where the character "throws" the energy attack.

The Kamehameha part of the trope's name comes from Dragon Ball: creator Akira Toriyama named Roshi's ki attack after Kamehameha I (King of Hawaii), which was suggested to him by his wife. Meanwhile the Hadouken (Surge Fist/Wave Motion Fist) was inspired by the iconic Hadouhou of Space Battleship Yamato, or, as it's translated, the Wave-Motion Gun.

Compare with Hand Blast, where the attack is not tied to the attacker's Ki, Life Energy or Mana. Depending on perception, both could be delivered by Power Palms.


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    Anime and Manga 
  • The Trope Codifier, and first Trope Namer here, is the Kamehameha used by Kame Sen'nin (Master Roshi), Goku and others from Dragon Ball note . Originally a technique developed by Roshi, who famously used it to blow up the moon, it started as a tremendous show of power that took him 60 years to master. Over time however several characters such as Goku, Krillin and Goten can perform it simply after seeing it, and for Goku it becomes his signature move when things get serious. Interestingly experts can steer the beam after firing it, which gives it an advantage over most other Ki Attacks in the series.
    • As such an iconic move it is subject to an incredible amount of similar moves and imitations. More than a dozen functionally similar moves exist just within the Dragon Ball franchise, like Goten's "Kamekameha" (basically the same attack, except Goten has no control over where it goes because he mispronounced the name) and the Chocolate Kamehameha (a version used by the fusion of Majin Buu and Uub that turns who it hits into chocolate). Here are the more notable ones:
      • The Dodon Ray, created by rival master the Crane Hermit, focuses a more precise, explosive beam. It's initially demonstrated by Tao Pai-Pai, and it's treated as a big reveal that two other characters know how to use it. After Cyborg Tao's Super Dodon Ray fails to even singe Tien, this attack is never seen again.
      • Piccolo's Explosive Demon Wave turned East City and Papaya Island into flattened wastelands, and it nearly kills Imperfect Cell after Piccolo fuses with Kami.
      • Piccolo's second move, the Makankōsappō, or Special Beam Cannon, can pierce a hole through two Saiyans (a direct hit kills Raditz, as well as Goku who holds Raditz still so Piccolo can actually hit him), and is considered Piccolo's signature move as he devised it specifically to kill Goku.
      • Vegeta has his Galick Gun, which purple instead of blue or yellow; Vegeta only uses it occasionally after it failed to kill Goku in their first fight. When Semi-Perfect Cell tries to use it on Vegeta himself, it doesn't work. It does work against Prum and Dr. Rota in Dragon Ball Super.
      • The Masenko is another variation used by Piccolo and Gohan but the hands are positioned differently when charging (held over the user's forehead instead of behind themselves).
      • Vegeta's Big Bang Attack is second only to the Kamehameha in popularity. Operating and looking similar to a Hadoken, the BBA blows away almost anything in Vegeta's vicinity.
      • The Final Flash makes the Big Bang look tame. Vegeta third signature attack, it's a giant golden beam that would've turned Earth into space dust if the Prince of Saiyans hadn't changed its trajectory at the last minute. It's one of a very small handful of attacks even Cell admits would have killed him if he'd taken it directly, and it's large enough to be seen escaping Earth's orbit and explode in space.
    • Parodied in an omake of Wedding Peach, with Kame Hame Kame.
    • Parodied again in Excel♡Saga, with Nabeshin's Nabehameha.
    • In Yotsuba&!, Jumbo is told that Miura's parents are too busy to take her anywhere during the summer, so he takes her fishing. At the end of the trip, he finds out she's going to Hawaii in the fall, and goes comically berserk, yelling "Kamehameha!" at her — which is an actually relevant name, given her destination.
  • Raoh's Hokuto Goushou Ha and Tenshou Honretsu from Fist of the North Star. His youngest brother Kenshiro has a more precise version that allows the striking of individual pressure points called Tenha Kassatsu, best demonstrated against Souther.
  • Ranma ½:
    • Ryoga has the depression-powered Shishi Hokodan, and Ranma has the confidence-powered Moko Takabisha, although the strongest version of the former is more like a giant Sphere of Destruction that falls on top of everything. For added fun, they actually look like Hadokens when fired normally. Except in the second Non-Serial Movie, in which they are shown more like the Kamehameha. This is in fact a Japanese pun. "Ki" (using the same kanji) can mean "feelings".
    • Prince Herb of the Musk Dynasty simply emits massive, unnamed torrents of raw ki from his hands.
    • The final adversary in the series, the Phoenix King Saffron, possesses the Tenka Shunmetsu Kokyuudan (roughly, "Entire-Empire Instant Annihilation Shot") a giant heat ray capable of vaporizing mountains.
    • Hinako Ninomiya is not only able to drain the Battle Aura from others with her special technique, but can, by holding her hands in front of her face, forefinger and thumb tips pressing, also expel the gathered energy as a crackling meteor of electrical energy, a move she calls the Happo No Yen Coin Return.
    • Parodied with the Happo Fire-Burst, the series' first touching upon this trope. Initially believed to be a powerful destructive ki attack, it's revealed at the story's climax that it's actually nothing more than Happosai lobbing around homemade bombs. Weirdly, though, they're still extremely powerful attacks.
  • In YuYu Hakusho, Yusuke Urameshi's attack, the Reigun, is a variation, wherein he usually fires a large blast from only one finger at a time, though he has at times full-palmed the blast, resulting in the partial destruction of no less than two stadiums and a fair portion of the surrounding landscape.
  • Street Fighter II V had the same long channeling when Ryu was first learning it before he could use at-will. And the flying part may be an homage to when Goku first fought King Piccolo in Dragon Ball.
  • Naruto:
    • The Tailed Beast Ball, the Tailed Beasts' signature Breath Weapon, is a dense sphere of chakra that once charged can be fired as a bullet-like projectile or a beam of energy capable of reducing large hills and most of the ground surrounding them — and even entire mountains and cities — into craters. And it only gets more dramatic from there.
    • The title character's signature Rasengan looks like it would be one of these, but the energy ball actually remains in his hand until slammed into a target. But when his son Boruto learns the technique, he is able to fire it off as a projectile...because he didn't realize the Rasengan wasn't supposed to do that.
  • In a strange combination with the Wave-Motion Gun, Mobile Fighter G Gundam has the Sekiha Tenkyoken, the ultimate attack of the School of the Undefeated of the East, which practitioners can perform on foot (where it appears to be a gigantic hand) and while piloting their Motion-Capture Mecha (where it more closely resembles this trope).
    • Domon combined the Exploding God Finger/Erupting Burning Finger with the Sekiha Tenkyoken, which, like everything else in that series, is surrounded by Hot-Blooded screaming. In the final episode, Rain and Domon attacked the Devil Gundam's core with the "Erupting Burning Finger Sekiha Love-Love Tenkyoken".
  • Sailor Moon, as Princess Serenity, evokes this whenever she uses the Mystical Silver Crystal. That is, when it doesn't decide to bail on her.
    • Her live-action counterpart in Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon has an even more powerful attack — which is responsible for the complete death of the Moon Kingdom.
    • Sailor Saturn from the later seasons of The '90s anime has an explicit planet-killer attack, which also automatically kills her. Needless to say, this is Only Works Once. (See Mystical Silver Crystal.)
    • Tuxedo Mask himself as this as his own signature attack in both the manga and Sailor Moon Crystal, and can do it with one hand.
  • Saint Seiya has a few examples:
    • Seiya has the Pegasus Suisei Ken (Pegasus Comet Fist), which concentrates his cosmos on his fist to throw it in one attack. Seiya used it to defeat some of the major villains in both series and movies.
    • There's the Athena Exclamation, which has three Gold Saints doing this move together. Appropriately, it's known as the most powerful technique available to Saints, and a Dangerous Forbidden Technique both because it can cause extreme devastation as well as because it's considered dishonorable - due to it involving THREE Saints united against a single enemy.
    • Saint Seiya Omega has Orion Eden's Orion Extermination technique, in which Eden summons a thunderbolt that hits his hands, whose energy he gathers and then unleashes it in a huge blast of Cosmo from his hands together. The end result looks a lot like Vegeta's Final Flash.
  • Bleach:
    • The Cero is the standard weapon of Hollows at Menos level and higher, being a charged beam of destructive spiritual energy. Menos use it as a Breath Weapon of sort, although they charge it in front of their mask's teeth or inide their mouths. Higher-tier Hollows start customizing it in color, and Arrancar can unleash these attacks from just about any body part of choice. Nnoitra Gilga likes to stick his tongue out and fire it from the tip, for example.
    • Ramped up by Grimmjow Jaegerjaquez during his final confrontation with Ichigo, unleashing a variation of the attack that only Espada-level Arrancar can use: the Gran Rey Cero.
    • Ulquiorra's Cero Oscuras is stated to be an extremely powerful variant used only by Espada-level Arrancars in their Resurreccíon, but is completely outclassed by Hollow Ichigo's standard Cero, which is able to effortlessly overhelm it.
    • Ramped up even more with Coyote Starrk, who has mastered the technique. He doesn't even need a pose to fire his off. His Resurrección logically takes it up a notch as now he's carrying two guns and fittingly providing the page quote for Beam Spam.
    • Adult Nel's has Cero Doble, which fires the opponent's Cero (after she swallows it!) back, along with her own Cero added for extra power! Pesche and Dondochakka's Cero Sincrético follow a similar idea, combining both of their Ceros and condensing them into a swirling ball of destruction.
    • It also happens that Hado #88, Hiryugekizokushintenraiho is a form of this.
    • Don Kanonji's "Kanon ball" is akin to a miniature Hadoken...that travels at ludicrously slow speed. But once it finally hits something, it explodes with surprisingly strong force.
  • Yu-Gi-Oh! and Yu-Gi-Oh! GX has several monsters that pull this off. They include Exodia, Obelisk the Tormentor, etc.
  • Pretty Cure:
  • Lyrical Nanoha:
    • Vivio's Sankt Kaiser form used this against the titular character during the final battle of Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha StrikerS. The Beam-O-War against Nanoha's Wave-Motion Gun was inevitable.
    • Nanoha herself gets in on the action in Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha Detonation. After all of her weapons get damaged during the final battle, she proceeds to just send out a massive blast of magic from her left hand. It completely obliterates the Kill Sat she was trying to destroy, though it fails to incapacitate the enemy android she was fighting.
  • In Slayers, Lina Inverse's Dragon Slave spell starts as a Kamehame Hadoken, and ends in a Sphere of Destruction.
  • Nina does this to Arika during their first duel in My-Otome.
  • Kyouran Kazoku Nikki has Santa Claus use this attack against Kyouka during their duel. Yes, Santa Claus.
    Santa Claus: MERRY... CHRISTMAS!! *BOOM*
  • In Reborn! (2004), there is Tsuna's ultimate technique, the X-Burner. This is different from most attacks of this type in that it actually attempts to actually follow the laws of physics. The X-Burner requires that Tsuna balances the massive force he exerts in the front with an equal force in the back, so that he doesn't get violently pushed back; most Kamehame Hadokens have a Missing Backblast. This results in a unique execution of this trope in which the destructive beam is only fired from one hand, while the other hand provides the bracing force. Later on, he upgrades to the XX-Burner, which acts like a more traditional Kamehame Hadoken in that the destructive energy is fired from both hands. Nevertheless, it still averts Missing Backblast, as the backwards force is now created through the Flame vents on the forearms of his X-Gloves.
  • In Fullmetal Alchemist Father acquires the ability to create such attacks after acquiring the power of God.
  • Technological example: the Radiant Wave Surger from Code Geass, built into the Guren's right hand. The tactic here is to grip the opponent then fire the microwave emitter built into the palm which rapidly cooks the target mecha's pilot alive while turning the target itself into a pile of slag. It can even block bullets. Later on, it is upgraded to be capable of firing at long-range or firing over a large area to hit multiple enemies, putting them out of commission for a while. Then it gets upgraded again, this time giving it even stronger bullet-blocking as well as the ability to detach and launch the entire hand like a Rocket Punch, only with a Wave-Motion Gun.
  • This kind of power is rare in One Piece despite the multitude of Martial Artists, here are the closest things to it, not counting sword blasts.
    • Enel can fire a beam known as "El Thor" or "God's Judgement" which while colored yellow in the manga, the anime turns it blue making it very similar to the Kamehameha except it's electricity, not Ki. A normal human got disintegrated when hit by it, but Rubber Man Luffy is completely immune to electricity so Enel's blasts are redundant.
    • Kizaru can both generate and transform his body into beams of light due to his Logia Devil Fruit. He can manifest this light into a variety of forms, including finger beams which cause enormous explosions.
    • King Neptune uses Fish Man Karate technique called “Ultramarine”, and from the looks of it, it seems like an underwater version of a Kamehameha Wave.
    • Speaking of Fish-Man Karate there’s Jinbei’s “Spear Wave” which is very Kamehameha-like, especially in the anime.
    • There is also Rob Lucci's Rokuougan, which has the signature Kamehame Hadoken pose but generates an invisible shockwave instead of a visible beam of energy.
    • It's revealed in the Wano arc that advanced Armament Haki users can emit a concussive blast away from the user's body without a medium as demonstrated by Sentomaru, Rayleigh and Hyo.
  • In One-Punch Man when Child Emperor is inside his Humongous Mecha fighting Phoenix Man he performs Millennium Emperor Nova... a beam attack so awesome it is beyond words and puts Goku to shame.
  • Several attacks from Digimon are this, most notably Silphymon's Top Gun/Static Force.
  • In Gaiking: Legend of Daiku Maryu, while in Gaiking's Face Open mode, Daiya can use a version of his Chest Blaster move, tempered by martial arts training, that gathers the Flame energy in his hands before throwing it at the enemy.
  • Variable Geo: With the exception of Manami, who uses a rocket-powered glove, the entire cast is capable of unleashing various forms of ki based energy blasts and ki-enhanced strikes. Which is best seen at the conclusion of Yuka's match with Jun.
  • In Toriko, Ichiryu's strongest attack is a beam of pure Appetite Energy, which he unleashes against Midora in their final battle. Midora is barely even hurt by it. Midora is driven to tears by this, lamenting that the big brother whom he once admired and envied has become so weak due to age.
  • In Radiant, Seth's spell Skull Attack gathers Fantasia into his hands to fire a giant skull beam. The stronger Skull Burst releases a combined barrage of skulls beams.
  • That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime:
    • Milim Nava's Drago Buster and Drago Nova, which are respectively a Beam Spam and Fantastic Nuke of her draconic energy fired from her hands.
    • Played for Laughs with Veldora, who thanks to reading the "sacred texts" (read. various manga) provided by Rimuru, learned how to use the actual Hadoken and Kamehameha among various other moves. Being a Physical God, he's able to use them to impressive effect.
  • Red Baron: The Gold Baron's Rising Hurricane fires an energy blast from its hands, even performing the typical poses while preparing the attack.

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    Fan Works 
  • From the Tamers Forever Series we have ChaosGallantmon's Judecca Prison technique.
  • Weiss Reacts: Tukson starts with the ORIGINAL Kamehameha. He also uses the Hadoken, as well as a blast of fire from his hands.
  • In What Insertion?, one of these (referred to as "Dark Harsh") becomes Phibrizzo's best attack after he loses most of his abilities, subjecting his targets to a two-handed beam of what is essentially black and purple Hellfire.
  • Pokémon Reset Bloodlines: Aside from the usual attacks that are used this way (see below in the Videogame folder), Ritchie's Pikachu Sparky mimics the movements when using Charge Beam.
  • In Street Fighter/Evangelion crossover Neon Genesis Evangelion Senshi No Michi, Shinji and Asuka learn the technique, and are able to get their mechas shooting Eva-sized Hadokens; as was proven when Shinji's Eva fired a massive Shinkuu Hadoken to counter Ramiel's energy beam.
  • Voyages of the Wild Sea Horse:
    • Ranma Saotome can use the Moko Takabisha, an Angst Nuke powered by his confidence. He later unlocks elemental versions in the form of fire and ice blasts, created by adapting the basic technique of the Moko Takabisha.
    • Ryoga Hibiki uses the Shishi Hokodan, an Angst Nuke that converts his despair into a concussive force beam. The sadder he is, the more powerful it gets.

    Film — Animation 
  • There are a couple of examples in Green Lantern: First Flight in the finale. After Hal Jordan reactivates the Green Element and becomes rather Ion-like, he one-hand blasted Sinestro through several buildings. Then during their last DBZ-style ring powered fist fight, Hal uses the last power in his ring for a nice, big blast.
  • Superman/Batman: Apocalypse: Superman unleashes a massive burst of Heat Vision to destroy an army of Doomsday clones attacking Themyscira. Some Youtube comments even compare it to the Kamehameha.
  • In Turning Red, Tyler pretends to do this when Mei succeeds in a rise out of Ming.

    Film — Live-Action 

    Live Action TV 

    Professional Wrestling 
  • Kenny Omega, Xavier Woods, and Player Uno, all noted Street Fighter fans, have been known to use the Hadoken, in this instance a double palm strike mimicking the motions of a Hadoken, sans fireball for obvious reasons. Omega's requires a few moments of concentration but is most always successful, and Uno's is rather instant but is regularly blocked by his opponent raising their forearms. Used once against his own partner Player Dos (then known as Stupified) to which Stup. complained against his use of superpowers.
  • This clip features Japanese wrestler Men's Teioh channeling Ryu in a battle with Abdullah Kobayashi.

    Tabletop Games 
  • The recent supplement to Mutants & Masterminds, Mecha & Manga, has the power, Devastating Blast. The power fits this trope entirely (as was intended in this anime-based supplement) and you may spend combat turns to charge the power, increasing the power's damage.
  • Classic 1st-block Magic: The Gathering combo Channel and Fireball. 19 Health turned into mana + 1 point of other mana = 20pts of damage directly to your opponent's face. That's one big fireball. Worse, the original combo was Black Lotus, Channel, and Fireball, which was incidentally a first turn (or alternatively, turn zero, as the opponent never gets a turn) One-Hit Kill. And keep in mind this was in the days before the number of copies of any card was restricted, so you could have a deck that consisted of literally nothing but Black Lotuses, Channels, and Fireballs. Think someone charging up a Kamehameha or Hadouken, and then think of their opponent unleashing a blast of equal or greater power before they get to finish the first syllable. Fun times.
    • Also, later sets of Magic gave us Demonfire and Banefire, cards with similar effects to the classic Fireball. This is, of course, long after the days of the environment of Channel/Fireball, so obviously they require a much greater investment, so what makes them so special, you ask? They can't be countered or prevented as long as you have no cards left in hand or are dealing five or more damage with them, respectively. What they lack in First Turn Kill combo-liciousness they make up for by being nigh unstoppable blasts of destruction.
      • Banefire is especially awesome, because it is depicted in the card art as Sarkhan Vol's hands in the Kamehame Hadoken stance, enhanced by magic to look like a dragon's head breathing fire.
  • When Dungeons & Dragons first introduced the Warlock class, the core ability that defined the class was the Eldritch Blast, a single-target ranged attack that could be cast at-will and did massive amounts of damage on par with a rogue's sneak attack.
    • A supplemental book also introduced "Ki Blast," a moderately damaging blast of energy that ate up a Monk's use of Ki. As soon as Pathfinder's Beta came out and revealed that Monks would now use Ki Pools and have Ki Points, many a DM jumped on this with succeeding feats which upped the damage of the Ki Blast, until they hit Kamehame Hadoken levels of damage - some to the point that a gimped-out Monk built only for blasting their Chi could, while probably not able to outright kill, at least cut a Great Wyrm Red Dragon's HP in half by going from full Ki to zilch in one turn to power a mega blast.
    • In the Ultimate Magic sourcebook for Pathfinder, one of the alternate class "archetypes" presented in the Qinggong Monk, who specializes in Ki Manipulation. As a result, it can gain a number of spells fuelled by its ki pool, two of which are the extremely Hadouken-like "Blood Crow Strike"note  and the somewhat Kamehame Ha-like "Cold Ice Strike"note .
      • The Advanced Class Guide introduced the Warpriest class and it's sister Archetype, the Sacred Fist. Both derive their spell lists from the Cleric, which Blood Crow Strike is unique to. Blood Crow Strike lets you make melee unarmed attacks at a range of 100+ feet away. The book also introduced Pummeling Style, a feat which allows its user to focus all of their unarmed & natural attacks into one melee strike. Preferred Spell allows a mage to cast a spell without preparing it ahead of time by burning up prepared spells, and Spell Perfection allows one to apply a Metamagic Feat to a spell without raising its level. It took less than a week after the book's publication for players to figure out that either an unarmed Warpriest or a Sacred Fist that takes takes all these options can pool them together to launch Kamehame Hadoken-sized single blasts from hundreds of feet from its target. EVERY. ROUND. WITHOUT HAVING PREPARED THEM AHEAD OF TIME. As of yet, fittingly, it is perhaps the single-most-powerful non-Mythic maneuver in the game, capable of unleashing literally HUNDREDS of damage on a target.
    • Similar to D&D's Warlock, Pathfinder also includes the Kineticist, whose entire shtick is throwing elemental blasts. These blasts can be upgraded by spending a few seconds gathering power, or by taking "burn".
    • The Sword Coast Adventurer's Guide for the fifth edition of the game adds the Way of the Sun Soul subclass for the Monk, which allows the Monk to channel their Ki into searing blasts of energy that deal Fire and Radiant damage.
  • Exalted of course features these in abundance. They range from shooting Holy beams of light off of the edge of your sword (for Solars) to unleashing bolts of pure elemental energy (for the Dragon-Blooded).

    Video Games 
  • The second part of the name comes from the Hadoken ("Surge Fist"; the "hadou" part can also be translated as "wave motion", as in Wave-Motion Gun) used by Ryu and Ken (and Akuma and Sakura and Gouken) from the Street Fighter series, specifically the Shinkuu Hadoken (A big fireball in the canonical games and a huge beam in Marvel vs. Capcom and its successor Tatsunoko vs. Capcom; the latter fits the definition of the trope more). It's even commonly said that the designers were inspired by the Kamehameha when they came up with the Hadoken.
    • Chun-Li's "Kikosho" attack is a stationary version of this. Rather than a beam of death, it's a Sphere of Destruction (which is an upgraded version of her standard projectile, the Kikoken, which fits here more neatly).
    • There's a lot of 'em in Street Fighter. Aside from the mentioned:
      • Dee Jay's Air Slasher and Guile and Charlie's Sonic Boom: Both are more accurately Razor Wind powers, done without swords, as they involve pressurized air manipulated by Ki instead of actual ki.
      • Juri has the Fuuhajin, strange, slow moving purple versions fired from her feet.
      • Oro's Nichirinsho is a spherical version, with the largest, the Yagyo Dama, being a Combined Energy Attack.
      • Rose and M. Bison have their own Soul and Psycho-powered fireballs (though Bison only uses his in the Alpha series), though whether these are Ki or Psychic attacks is debatable.
      • Dan has the Gadouken, which he does one-handed and travels a pathetic distance (as part of the character's blatant mockery of Art of Fighting - see belownote ). However, as of Street Fighter IV, it no longer does pathetic damage as well, instead being more powerful and even more damaging than Ryu's version. Particularly the Ultra form, the Haoh Gadoken, where it's several times the size of Ryu's and so powerful it knocks Dan down.
  • Intrepid Izzy: Izzy's special attack lets her fire magenta balls of energy from the palms of her hands.
  • Batsu and Hideo of Rival Schools (and later Kurow as Vatsu in Project Justice) have Combination Attacks where their partners do this with them (Batsu/Vatsu does it standing next to his partner firing their attacks together, whereas Hideo and his partner flank the opponent and "crush" him/her with their attacks). Burning Batsu in Project Justice uses a beam-firing variant.
    • One of Akira's specials, the Kikokai, works a lot like the aforementioned Kikosho: it's a large energy sphere concentrated in her hands.
    • Kyosuke's Cross Cutter and Hinata's Kikou Shotei are also examples (Hinata in particular, her being a Shotoclone).
    • Hayato has a Team Attack where he beats one out of his partner and launches it at the opponent.
  • Art of Fighting's infamous Haoh Shokoken, used by series protagonists Ryo Sakazaki and Robert Garcia (which Ryo's little sister Yuri also picks up throughout The King of Fighters), is the Hadoken on steroids. The move results in a massive wall of Ki that can drain the target of half their lifebar in a single blast! Their master Takuma Sakazaki (and father, in Ryo's case) can use it to even greater effect; capable of launching it three times rapidly in succession. And in their team's KoF 2000 ending, he uses it to deflect a blast from the Zero Cannon!
  • Dodgeball Academia: Otto is capable of doing this for his Balltimate move, where he can pull a goku with this technique. He never really got it at first, but gets it sooner than you’d think.
  • Pokémon:
    • The Pokémon that is best known with this ability is Lucario, a Fighting type who is able sense and use aura. Its most famous attack is Aura Sphere, which is essentially a Hadoken. Other Pokémon are capable of learning the move and other similar attacks, the various "pulse" attacks, including Mewtwo. Starting with Generation VI, the Squirtle line is capable of learning Aura Sphere through breeding as well. Thus, Blastoise is capable of using Kamehameha literally.
    • The move Focus Blast, which is more powerful than Aura Sphere, is generally depicted in this fashion as well. It's often the only option for a usable Fighting-type move for many Special attackers, though its infamous unreliability have earned it the nickname 'Focus Miss' from competitive players.
    • There's a special ability that increases the power of these kinds of moves called Mega Launcher. The only Pokémon that are capable of having it are Clauncher (a pistol shrimp with an enormous claw) and Mega Blastoise.
  • Super Smash Bros.:
    • Some Final Smashes in Super Smash Bros. Brawl, like the Mario Finale.
    • The Pokémon Lucario's signature attack, Aura Sphere, is a blatant Hadoken look-alike of the large projectile variety, and its Final Smash in Super Smash Bros. Brawl is the continuous beam variety. It's even called "Hadoudan" in Japan!
    • Likewise, in Super Smash Bros. Melee, the Pokémon Mewtwo uses Shadow Ball, which resembles a purple-and-black Kamehameha.
    • And, of course, Ryu utilizes the Trope Namer in his appearance in Super Smash Bros. for Wii U/3DS, alongside Ken in Ultimate.
    • In Ultimate, the Dragon Quest Hero casts Kafrizz by cupping his hands to his side and thrusting them forward, just like a Kamehameha.
  • A number of Touhou Project characters have this technique at their disposal, but the most common variation is undoubtedly Marisa Kirisame's Master Spark (never mind that she has to cup a magical artifact in her hands to launch the beam; the pose is the same).
  • Final Fantasy:
    • Cloud of Darkness in Final Fantasy III has its signature Particle Beam attack. In the DS version, it builds it by charging the energy between its hands; which are cupped, facing each other, and stacked vertically, and then fires it as a beam of energy by separating its hands.
    • It comes back with a vengeance in Dissidia, featuring several forms of the Particle Beam and Cloud of Darkness' EX Burst being a massive Particle Beam that is described in-game as leaving nothing but dust.
    • Mash/Sabin Rene Figaro's Aura Cannon in Final Fantasy VI.
      • Worth noting Sabin's special moves are actually done by entering fighting-game-like button combos. The one for Aura Cannon? Quarter-circle forward, the same input as a Hadoken in Street Fighter.
    • Barret's final limit, Catastrophe, from Final Fantasy VII is a similar attack but is actually superheated plasma being shot from his Arm Cannon. It is, however, implied to be fueled by the very life essence of The Planet.
    • Tifa in the Final Fantasy VII Remake at the end of her “Omnistrike” combo does the Kamehameha stance and unleashes a blast from her hands. Given Tifa explicitly uses “Chi” in this game it’s quite appropriate.
      • There’s also Tifa’s “Chi Trap” which operates similar to Chun-Li’s Kikosho being a Sphere of Destruction, but also allows Tifa to trap and combo her opponents.
    • Basch in Final Fantasy XII has a quickening called "Fulminating Darkness" (How's that for an attack name?), which superficially resembles Vegeta's Final Flash, except it's a beam of swirling greenish-black energy. It's actually the weakest of Basch's quickenings, though.
    • Final Fantasy XIV gives the Monk job two different ki projectile attacks: "Elixir Field", which fires ki into the ground to damage enemies in an AOE around the Monk; and "Enlightenment", which fires a ki projectile forward, damaging enemies in a direct line.
  • Regal, of Tales of Symphonia, has one of these. It is only ever seen once. Well, maybe twice.
  • From Tales of Phantasia, DHAOS LASER! So friggin' powerful, it may as well qualify as a Wave-Motion Gun.
  • Sometimes when you rescue a hostage in the Metal Slug series, he will start acting as an Assist Character, following you and throwing guided fireballs from his hands.
  • The Pyro of Team Fortress 2 has a taunt that mimicks this, with Pyro even saying a muffled "HADOKEN!". The taunt instantly kills anyone standing next to it. Can be viewed here.
    • There was a bug with the Soldier's Cow Mangler 5000 that can look like this. If the Soldier taunts while charging a shot, he will shoot a laser from his chest or hands.
      • The bug persists with the Beggar's Bazooka, however instead of a laser, it's one to three rockets coming out of his hands. The "Director's Vision" special taunt looks the most like the trope.
  • In Breath of Fire: Dragon Quarter, the protagonist can perform this in the form of the 'Dragon Breath' attack, when using his Deadly Upgrade form. At the end of the game, he even manages to get in a Beam-O-War with an actual dragon.
  • In Disgaea: Hour of Darkness (and its handheld ports), characters can level up their mastery of weapon types to gain various special attacks. For those of the martial artist career path, these attacks consist largely of simple punch and kick combos for the first few levels... until they obtain the 'Lions Roar' technique, which costs more than ten times as much mana as their previous moves, often requiring mana-boosting equipment to use even once per fight when it is first acquired. When the attack is used, the character somersaults into the sky, pushing their back up against the lens of the isometric camera, and throws an enormous Kamehame Hadoken, killing everything within a large radius of their original position before falling gently to earth. Awesome.
    • The Blazing Palm special in Disgaea 3 is a much more modest fiery Kamehameha, without the absurd MP cost of Lion's Roar. The Nekomata monster class gets its own version of this: Cat Blast.
  • One of the attacks of Soulgain in Super Robot Wars is called Seiryuu Rin... which is practically this trope exemplified. While weaker than Soulgain's other attacks, it's the only attack that allows multi-enemy targeting.
  • In Dragon Quest Heroes II: Twin Kings and the Prophecy's End, the High-Tension Attack for Lazarel/Teresa when they take on the Martial Artist vocation takes the form of them collecting lightning from above in their hands, then tossing it out in a similar manner to a Kamehameha.
  • Zeus Guys in Yoshi's Island use this as their primary attack.
  • In Saints Row: The Third, Pierce throws a Hadouken in a Japanese commercial for a sports drink. The Boss can also mimic the act of throwing a fireball as a taunt, though it doesn't actually throw fireballs. In the final mission of the DLC The Trouble With Clones, however, the Boss is temporarily granted, among other special powers, the ability to throw fireballs.
  • In the To the Moon series, Dr. Watts likes to have fun with the memory cores, and throw them around while screaming "KAAAAAMEEEEEHAAAAAMEEEEE!", "HADOKEN!" or a combination of the two. The more professional Dr. Rosalene is not amused.
    • The second episode has him invoke this trope by name.
  • Julian's Soul Bomb attack in Little Fighter 2.
  • Dark Demon in Dynamite Headdy has a beam attack that takes up nearly the entire screen.
  • Fei in Xenogears has an attack resembling this as one of his final Deathblows.
    • His "chi blast" spell when used in his gear is straight up Kamehame Hadoken or Wave Motion Fist except it looks be somewhat fire elemental, even though its not. His special option ability "Thor Wave" is an even better example.
  • Kirby's fully-charged shot from his Plasma ability (Which is later merged into the Spark ability) attack looks like this. It doesn't hurt that his hat for this ability looks like a green version of Goku's Super Saiyan hair.
    • Kirby also has access to multiple versions of this with the Fighter ability, first being able to instantaneously launch a wave of energy with a kick or punch in Kirby Super Star. These were replaced in the following games with a chargeable fireball launched in the exact same fashion as the classic Hadoken. Eventually, Return to Dreamland gave the ability both of the aforementioned attacks, and threw an additional nod to the Hadoken by allowing Kirby to instantly launch a charged fireball with a quarter circle forward motion.
  • Linn Kurosawa gets one of these in Alien vs. Predator (Capcom).
  • Invoked in Worms for the Dragon Ball (named after the Dragon Punch and Fireball/Hadoken from Street Fighter) weapons.
  • Super Mario RPG has the Geno Beam. Also, Jinx has Bombs Away, which is also the most powerful physical attack in the game.
  • No More Heroes: As opposed to the honorable trope namers, the game's resident cheating bastard, Destroyman, uses the sphere-type Destroy Cannon. The Destroy Buster (beam-type), however, comes from somewhere else.
  • Despite being a clone of the Street Fighter games, the SNES version of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Tournament Fighters is pretty light on this. Only Raphael and Wingnut come close.
  • The Mad Karate Man does this to boost the speed of the businessman.
  • Cliff Fittir's Max Shockwave in Star Ocean: Till the End of Time.
  • Several martial artists in the Suikoden series come equipped with special runes which allow them to execute this kind of attack.
  • The massive series of Dragon Ball games, especially the Dragon Ball Z: Budokai games, and especially the Dragon Ball Z: Budokai Tenkaichi games.
    • Goku in the PlayStation 2 fighter Super Dragon Ball Z has a Kamehameha that hits like a 3-hit hadoken. Considering that the project was headed by the producer of Darkstalkers and the Street Fighter series, this makes some sense.
  • Alex Mercer of [PROTOTYPE] has one. However, given what he is, it's made of tentacles.
  • In Mitsumete Knight R : Daibouken Hen, one of the three most powerful Limit Breaks is this. It's fueled with The Power of Love, as you need both of your two female partners to have very high Relationship Values with your main protagonist, McLeod.
  • In Jackie Chan's Action Kung Fu, Jackie Chan can do "psycho wave" attacks for a limited number of times.
  • Golden Sun: Dark Dawn has a series of knuckle weapons and a character that can use them. The use of this trope (the Umbra Knuckles' Shadow Cannon) was inevitable.
  • Parodied in AdventureQuest Worlds with Ryoku's Soul Nuke. As the Kitsune saga in general and the Dragon Koi Tournament in particular is pretty much a parody of popular anime, the attack takes a month or so to actually charge up (which is roughly enough time for the saga in general to wrap up). It ultimately never gets used, as by the time the final wrapping up cutscene of the saga rolls around, your character unceremoniously knocks Ryoku out just as he's finally about to cut loose.
  • The Castlevania series gives us the Nova Skeletons, or as they're better described, skeletons with Kamehamehas. In Dawn of Sorrow and Order of Ecclesia, you can steal their beams.
  • The Flame in Prince of Persia 2: The Shadow and the Flame is thrown much like a Hadoken.
  • The title character in Kuri Kinton (a little known arcade game by Taito) can do this by holding down the attack button and letting go when fully charged.
  • In Mega Man X, X is able to learn the Hadoken in the first game as an Easter Egg.
    • Being an expy of Akuma, Magma Dragoon from X4 uses fiery versions of these.
    • In Mega Man X: Command Mission, each member of the Ninetails Clan have a move called "Annihilator Hadoken", which has them firing a large laser to hit all enemies. Ninetails himself even has a chance to One-Hit Kill you with it.
  • In the game Perfect World International there is a class known as the Mystic who has access to this in the form of their "Absorb Soul" attack.
  • Asura's Wrath:
    • Berserker Asura combines this with Beam Spam and Macross Missile Massacre, using four Mantra arms to charge and fire enough beams to chew through an entire armada.
    • Being Berserker Asura's Evil Counterpart, Vlitra Core fights similarly via charging and firing massive beams from its four magma arms.
    • Chakravartin, AKA God, fires an ultra-massive super laser — powerful enough to qualify as a Wave-Motion Gun, and much more powerful than the Brahmastra, the weapon meant to destroy Gohma Vlitra — at Earth, intending to destroy it and begin anew. Planets in the path of the beam are vaporised. Unfortunately for Chakravartin, Asura isn't having it.
  • Fortnite introduced the Kamehameha as a Mythic weapon drop as part of the game's cross-promotion with Dragon Ball Super. Picking up a Kamehameha grants the player three charges that, when fired, unleashes a devastating beam after a few seconds of charge-up. The Kamehameha is capable of not only tearing through buildings and structures like wet tissue paper, but can make short work of opponents.
  • In My Little Pony: Fighting Is Magic, Twilight Sparkle has this attack. The gems Rarity summons also serve as this for her.
  • Malik Caesars from Tales of Graces can unleash the Mystic Arte "Malik Beam", in which he turns his back to the enemy, and then this trope came out from his back.
    • Hubert from the same game, during his Mystic Arte "No Quarter," also inexplicably gets to do this too. With one beam in each hand.
  • Kleito in Tears to Tiara 2 transforms into her dragon form and shoots the Flames of Creation from her hands.
  • Combat Girl from Super Monday Night Combat fires a "combat laser" out of thin air apparently by sheer power of will.
  • In Book of Mages: The Dark Times, mages have access to the Combined Bolt attack, which works by gathering all of the mage's attacking and defending bolts into a single crescent-shaped blast that tears through most enemies' defenses. In particular, the mages of the Burning Hill and Great Sea clans rely on this ability to overwhelm their enemies' defenses.
  • The Wind Road grants you the ability to blast enemies with both hands after your first return from the Spirit Realm. You can upgrade your Hadoken-esque attack so that your energy blasts manifests as a glowing golden Chinese dragon.
  • World of Warcraft expansion Mists of Pandaria introduced the Monk class that uses Chi to do all sorts of mystical things. One talent they can take in the level 30 tier is called "Chi Blast" and for all intents and purposes, is a Kamehameha, that can heal allies as well as deal damage.
    • Some of the game's character casting animations are reminiscent of the standard stance for these kinds of techniques, though only the Monk class is using chi.
  • The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim introduces the ability to equip each hand separately, allowing for dual-wielding weapons, dual-wielding spells, or dual-wielding weapons and spells. For spells, you can pick a low-level perk in each magic school's perk tree for "Dual-casting". Any spell in a school with its dual-cast perk enabled that projects onto a target (as opposed to on the caster) will do a Kamehame Hadoken, complete with charge buildup. Doing so amps up the effect beyond what just tandem-casting separately would do. For best visual flair, use the Adept-level area-effect destruction spells. The Lightning Master level spell is also a great version of one with a sustained beam. Unlike the other Awesome, but Impractical Master level spells, you might find yourself using it as more than just a novelty spell.
  • Shin Megami Tensei III: Nocturne has the unique attack Magma Axis, in which the Demi-Fiend essentially lights his arms on fire, gathers explosive energy and lashes at an enemy. It's not a particularly good attack, but it's quite cool to see.
  • In Shadow: War of Succession, Riggs's (very spammable) "Hellfire" attack sends flaming clawed hands at his opponent.
  • Zane of the The Legend of Heroes: Trails in the Sky series has this one. He uses it as one of his S-Craft attacks. Called; Aura Blast. Just as long as the enemies are within the attack circle range, they will get hit with it.
  • In the Ninja Gaiden reboot, Ryu has the Art of the Inferno ninpo, and the Warlocks have a similar magic projectile attack.
  • Dark Souls III has the Soul Stream spell, which looks near identical to Goku's Kamehameha (though it's fired from a magic staff rather than one's hands). The attack deals heavy damage and looks incredibly powerful, though its long charge-up time and very high FP cost make its use situational at best. The Final Boss knows this spell, and he doesn't have limited FP.
  • In Paladins, Jenos' ultimate, Through Time and Space, has him channel his energy and then fire a big, cosmic blast of energy similar to a Kamehameha. The blast is so powerful, that it goes through any obstacle in its path and travels through the entire map. This is balanced by an aura showing its trajectory before it fires, giving enemies time to react.
  • In Bionic Commando: Rearmed, this is Gottfried Groeder's primary attack, which deals massive damage to Spencer and is fired with greater frequency the higher the difficulty level. Good luck beating him on Super Hard.
  • Magic Squirrel's super in Fight of Animals is a large spray of water that visually resembles the Kamehameha.
  • In Baldur's Gate monks with the Sun Soul kit, like the new character Rasaad introduced by the Updated Re-release, can throw a damaging fireball known as the Sun Soulray.
  • The Arch-Vile from Doom has a long-range flame attack that uses the standard charge-and-release arm animation.
  • In Haven (2020), the Duo Blast is a two-person version of this.
  • Plants vs Zombies: Garden Warfare 2: Super Brainz can launch a "Super Ultra Ball" and can even perform the move in mid-air. It comes in two additional flavors, as a Homing Projectile and a barrage of many smaller balls.
  • Them's Fightin' Herds: Oleander’s Shadow Spark attack is a ball of dark magic that she can set out at different speeds and powers.
  • Elden Ring has the legendary sorcery Comet Azur, which fires a huge beam of magical energy that lasts as long as the caster holds down the attack button and has FP. It's somewhat difficult to use due to a lengthy windup and the caster being stuck in place for the duration, but very potent.
  • Rulue from Puyo Puyo is capable of these in several of the Madou Monogatari games, though the exact name of the technique varies by game.
  • Joe from Mystic Defender uses blue hadouken energy blasts for targeting his enemies, and can even hold them down for a Charged Attack. He's depicted using one of these in the game's cover art, in a Sean Connery Is About to Shoot You manner.
  • Shang-Chi uses a Kamehameha Hadouken in Marvel: Contest of Champions.

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    • This trope automatically applies with the appearance of Vegeta, Goku, Master Roshi, Ryu, Ken, Dan Hibiki, and Akuma. Vegeta uses the Final Flash in both of his battles. It works with Shadow after his super mode wears out but when he tries it on Thor after infusing it with the power of hakai, it doesn't and Thor crushes his head in with Mjolnir in return. Both Goku and Master Roshi use the original Kamekameha beam on Superman and Jiraiya respectively but for both of Goku's battle with Superman, it fails and in the second battle, he dies shortly after firing it at the Man of Steel whereas although Roshi doesn't kill Jiraiya with it, the hosts do note that Roshi could easily win with it since Jiraiya would have no way to dodge the beam forever.
    • Thor can also perform this trope using the godblast, which works by gathering all his godly energy into Mjolnir and firing it at his target. Both Wiz and Boomstick note that since this godblast was strong enough to kill Galactus in one hit and Galactus' battle was threatening the entire Marvel multiverse as a side effect, it was deemed more than enough to kill Vegeta and since Thor is way faster than Vegeta, he could easily fire it at him no problem.
    • Boomstick is actually a fan of both versions of this trope, using a beer can to replicate the Kamekameha beam and copying Ryu when he fires off his Hadoken.
  • Virtually perfected by the always trope conscious Chris O'Neill in the phenomenally awesome-packed Newgrounds video Chris & Harry.
  • In Episode 13 of Eskimo Bob, except his energy blasts take the form of fish, while stronger and larger ones look like narwhals. And they can be eaten too.
    Bob: Sa-ka-na-ka-Naaaaa!!
  • The DBZ-inspired Super Mario Bros. Z has characters busting out the Kamehame Hadoken on several occasions. It's rather a specialty of Fire Mario and Bowser, for example, and Mecha Sonic uses one in episode 6 to finish off Axem Red.
  • In the Whateley Universe, Chaka has learned a secret Ki attack like this from a superpowered ninja opponent. She fires it from a finger and calls it her 'Chaka Chaka Bang Bang'.
    • The Kamehahameha Wave was also referenced by Tennyo during Team Kimba's No-Holds-Barred Beatdown of the Grunts in their simulator Grudge Match; she knocked out Deadeye with it, by flying into the building he was sniping from, ostentatiously gathering up a massive plasma ball, and using it to core out the entire skyscraper.
  • Dreamscape: By creating two vertical hoops on his arms, Kai can fire a massive beam of natural energy. He can fire a smaller one without charging up too.

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  • The Pistol Shrimp's claw evolved to snap shut so quickly that it produces a flash of light and blast of sound reaching 218 decibels, louder than a gunshot. It does this by the claw's snapping creating a low pressure bubble, which then collapses, with the sound created by its collapse. The light? That would be the heat created by its collapse. This enables the shrimp to both stun and roast its prey in one shot. note 

Alternative Title(s): Kamehame Hadouken, Fireball Attack, Wave Motion Fist


King Piccolo Dies

Unable to stand and with one arm immobilized, Goku uses the last of his strength to end the Demon King's reign.

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