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"I'll squeeze the life out of you."
Great Ape Vegeta in Dragon Ball Z: Ultimate Tenkaichi

Crushing in Hands (握り潰し Nigiri Tsubushi)[4] is a strength technique usually used by fighters bigger than their opponents.


The user grabs his opponent in a powerful hand grip and crushes his/her bones.


Anton holding krillin

Antoine tries to crush Krillin

The technique is used by Major Metallitron in Dragon Ball, during his fight against Goku on the Muscle Tower, however, Goku manages to escape and eventually defeats Metallitron.

Antoine the Great uses this technique on Krillin during the 22nd World Martial Arts Tournament preliminaries. However, Krillin was largely unphased by the attack.

Great Ape Gohan uses this technique with one hand on Piccolo during their first training days at Break Wasteland.[5]


Vegeta squeezing Goku

During the Saiyan conflict, Great Ape Vegeta, angry after Goku damages his eye during their fight in Gizard Wasteland, grabs Goku and starts to crush his bones. Goku is saved when Yajirobe cuts Vegeta's tail with his sword. Because of the injuries Goku sustained from the aforementioned attack, he was left unable to speak, requiring that he use telepathy to guide Krillin and Gohan for the remainder of the battle against the Saiyan Prince, as well as stop Krillin from killing Vegeta.

In Dragon Ball Super, Mule uses this technique on Liquiir in the Zeno Expo.


Baby Vegeta attempts to crush Super Saiyan 4 Goku

In Dragon Ball GT, Luud uses this method of torture against Goku. Later, Golden Great Ape Baby uses this technique in an attempt to crush Super Saiyan 4 Goku.

Film Appearances[]

"Ha ha ha ha ha! Now squash him like a bug on the kitchen floor!"
— Turles watching Great Ape Gohan attacking his father Goku in Dragon Ball Z: The Tree of Might

In Dragon Ball Z: The Tree of Might, Great Ape Gohan uses this technique on Goku during the battle against Turles after both he and his father had fallen into groundwater, and he releases Goku from the hold only when Icarus appears.

In Dragon Ball Z: Lord Slug, Great Namekian Lord Slug uses this technique on Goku after catching him with Mystic Attack. He uses it again shortly later, on Piccolo.

"What kind of an end to life is this? Crushed by your own son who once saved your life!"
— Paragus' final words as he's literally crushed to death by his son Broly in Dragon Ball Z: Broly - The Legendary Super Saiyan

In Dragon Ball Z: Broly - The Legendary Super Saiyan, when Paragus was about to leave New Planet Vegeta in an Attack Ball to escape its destruction by Comet Camori and leave his son Broly to die on the planet because he couldn't control him anymore, Broly appeared the moment the door closed. After ignoring his father’s desperate lie of preparing the ship to escape the planet’s destruction together, Broly used the technique on the Attack Ball with Paragus inside of it, killing him in the process, and throwing it at Comet Camori. In his last few seconds of life, Paragus commented on the irony that he was being killed by his own son, who also saved his life when Planet Vegeta was destroyed in Age 737.

In Dragon Ball Z: Wrath of the Dragon, Hirudegarn, in his base form, uses the technique on Gohan. Later, in his transformed state, he performs a Tail Attack in a similar way, also against Gohan.

In Dragon Ball: The Path to Power, Staff Officer Black used this technique by controlling his giant Battle Jacket to destroy Android 8.


Video Game Appearances[]

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A Great Namekian Future Warrior using Crushing in Hands in Xenoverse 2

When Hatchiyack increases his size in Dragon Ball Z Side Story: True Plan to Eradicate the Saiyans - Space Saga, he can grab and crush his opponent in his hand.

The attack is a Grapple Throw used by giant characters (such as the Great Apes) in the Budokai Tenkaichi series, a special move used by Great Ape Baby in Dragon Ball Z: Ultimate Tenkaichi and Great Namek Lord Slug in Dragon Ball Heroes.

The attack also appears in Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Z, used by Great Ape Vegeta.

In Dragon Ball Xenoverse, it appears as a grab used by Great Ape characters (Vegeta, Bardock, Nappa, and Baby).

In Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2, while using the Become Giant Awoken Skill a Namekian Future Warrior can perform this technique as their grab/throw while transformed.