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16th Sep '17 4:51:04 PM nombretomado
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* In the [[YanksWithTanks US Military]], a common subversion is to ''avoid'' pointing at someone with your finger, particularly if you are correcting them. Instead, it is common to point with ''your entire hand'', in a gesture known as "Knife Hands". Use a "karate chop" motion or angle the hand more aggressively for added emphasis.

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* In the [[YanksWithTanks [[UsefulNotes/YanksWithTanks US Military]], a common subversion is to ''avoid'' pointing at someone with your finger, particularly if you are correcting them. Instead, it is common to point with ''your entire hand'', in a gesture known as "Knife Hands". Use a "karate chop" motion or angle the hand more aggressively for added emphasis.
9th Aug '17 7:39:28 PM Harddick_Strokinoff
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* In one episode of ''WesternAnimation/SpongeBobSquarepants'', mr. Krabs yells, "Who changed the THERMOSTAAAAAAAAT!!??". ''Everyone'' in Krusty Krabs (including Sponge Bob) does this to Squidward.

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* In one episode of ''WesternAnimation/SpongeBobSquarepants'', mr. Krabs yells, "Who changed the THERMOSTAAAAAAAAT!!??".touched me [[LargeHam THERMOSTAAAAAAAAT!!??]]". ''Everyone'' in Krusty Krabs (including Sponge Bob) does this to Squidward.
9th Aug '17 7:35:38 PM Harddick_Strokinoff
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* In one episode of ''WesternAnimation/SpongeBobSquarepants'', mr. Krabs yells, "Who changed the THERMOSTAAAAAAAAT!!??". ''Everyone'' in Krusty Krabs (including Sponge Bob) does this to Squidward.
21st Jul '17 4:47:05 PM JackG
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* ''Series/PersonOfInterest''. Doing this to [[BullyingADragon John Reese can be a painful experience]].

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* ''Series/PersonOfInterest''. Doing this to [[BullyingADragon John Reese can be a painful experience]].experience]], when he grabs the finger and twists.
25th May '17 1:36:14 PM Saveelich
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* Creator/HarrisonFord's characters tend to do this, as shown by [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AAP3691Hu4Y this supercut]].
3rd May '17 1:35:48 PM ChaoticNovelist
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* In [[Literature/CiaphasCain ''For The Emperor'']], Inquisitor Vaile confronts [[spoiler:the treacherous]] Governor Grice, "pointing an accusing finger at him like a schola tutor admonishing an unsatisfactory student." [[spoiler:Of course, she was wearing a digital needler that shoots poisoned darts.]]

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* In [[Literature/CiaphasCain the ''Literature/CiaphasCain'' novel, ''For The Emperor'']], Emperor'', Inquisitor Vaile confronts [[spoiler:the treacherous]] Governor Grice, "pointing an accusing finger at him like a schola tutor admonishing an unsatisfactory student." [[spoiler:Of course, she was wearing a digital needler that shoots poisoned darts.]]



*''Literature/JourneyToChaos'': When Tiza spots a resident of Ceiha's special administrative district (a mutated and colorful centaur), she laughs while rudely pointing at him. Her team {{dope slap}}s her and apologizes to the centaur, saying that she wasn't hired for her politeness.



* ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer''. Giles has a NotSoStoic moment in "Checkpoint", and does this to Watcher's Council leader Quentin Travers when [[PapaBear he tries to lean on Buffy]]. Given that Watchers are the epitome of the StuffyBrit stereotype, the personal space violation is the same as in Japan -- another Watcher immediately moves to hold Giles back.

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* ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer''. Giles has a NotSoStoic moment in "Checkpoint", and does this to Watcher's Council leader Quentin Travers when [[PapaBear [[PapaWolf he tries to lean on Buffy]]. Given that Watchers are the epitome of the StuffyBrit stereotype, the personal space violation is the same as in Japan -- another Watcher immediately moves to hold Giles back.



* The heroes of many tokusatsu shows have the tendency of doing this when they encounter a monster of the week.

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* The heroes of many tokusatsu shows have the tendency of doing this when they encounter a monster of the week. It is typically followed by InTheNameOfTheMoon.
25th Feb '17 3:35:32 PM StFan
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* Phoenix Wright's signature move from the ''Franchise/AceAttorney'' games whenever making an exclamation ("[[CatchPhrase OBJECTION!]]") is to pound the stand and point. Heck, everyone in those games do. It's their ''job''. The game logos in all regions even feature the title character's silhouette striking a dramatic pointing pose. This is recognized enough that ''[[LightNovel/HaruhiSuzumiya Haruhi]]'' paid {{homage}} to it during the "Murder Mystery" episode. There is massive LampshadeHanging over the constant forceful pointing and yelling.
** Some anime characters would be concerned about HighPressureBlood spray if they cut their fingers. In Case 1-5, Phoenix is concerned about not being able to point at people.
** Defense lawyer Calisto Yew strikes this pose near the end of one of your rebuttals in ''Investigations'', with the added twist that [[spoiler:she's holding a gun]].
** Miles Edgeworth lampshades this at one point in case two with the line "Don't fall asleep while I point my finger at you!"
** Daryan Crescend does it in the rude fashion when making fun of Apollo Justice.
** ''Gyakuten Kenji 2'''s President Ō uses a distinctive underhanded variation, which makes it look like he's FlippingTheBird at Edgeworth (which, [[ScrewTheRulesIMakeThem in context,]] is pretty much what he's doing) [[GettingCrapPastTheRadar even though he's using his pointer finger like everyone else]]. Lang does it this way as well in ''Investigations''.
** Used by Phoenix in ''VideoGame/UltimateMarvelVsCapcom3'' as ''one of his attacks''. His super move? Pointing so hard at someone they ''explode''.
** Actually subverted in ''Dual Destinies''! Prosecutor Simon Blackquill tries to...but the chain of his shackles prevents him from being able to, resulting in a point towards his desk rather than the defense. When he breaks said shackles, he doesn't even bother with this, just launches a RazorWind at the defense and/or the witness.
** ''Dual Destinies'' reveals that this tactic is considered to be such SeriousBusiness that ''it's taught in law school'', and it's actually referred to as the "Objection!" pose '''''in-universe!'''''
** ''Spirit of Justice'' actually sees a prosecutor restrain Phoenix's arm with a set of rosary beads to ''prevent'' him from making the pose, and it's a factor in his losing [[spoiler: [[FissionMailed the first day of]]]] the case!
* This little move is a trademark of the ''ProfessorLayton'' games. When solving puzzles, Layton, his apprentice Luke, his ward Flora, his other apprentice Emmy, and Luke from the future ''all'' do this to the player, accompanied by one of their assorted {{catchphrase}}s. Layton also does this during the {{Summation Gathering}}s when he accuses the guilty party in each game.
** As a ShoutOut, ''VideoGame/DragonQuestIX'' features the "Professor's Pose" as one of the unlockable [[EmoteAnimation Party Tricks]], that allows you to make your character do this whenever you want.
* And now it looks like [[CrossOver Layton and Wright]] will be working the same case on ''VisualNovel/ProfessorLaytonVSAceAttorney''. Even just the first round of promotional material included lots of pointing from both.
** Even Phoenix's introduction in the trailer starts with him doing the desk-slam and point.
** During certain points of the witch trials, they turn and point in unison. Taken to humorous levels in "The Golden Court" where they do the same thing [[spoiler: despite the fact that Layton is currently a gold statue. Luke and Espella turn the statue (which is pointing, of course) to match Phoenix's movements.]] At the end of the game Layton even prevents two characters from falling to their deaths by pointing at them until they stop in mid-air. [[spoiler: The invisible crane may have had something to do with it, but still...]]



* In ''VisualNovel/UminekoWhenTheyCry'', Battler does this to Beatrice (Because well, she did just kill everyone on the island, most of them very messily; although he's pointing at her arguing that she ''didn't.'') as a way of ThrowingDownTheGauntlet.
* All because of a ''typo'' in the original ''{{Tsukihime}}'' where normally benevolent {{Meido}} Hisui says "You are going to be the criminal" as a prediction instead of an accusation. This led to a MemeticMutation where a darker version of Hisui called the "Brainwasher Detective" would point at people and spin her finger to hypnotize them into being criminals so she could arrest them. This occasionally shows up in {{Mythology Gag}}s such as her attacks in ''VideoGame/MeltyBlood'' or ''VideoGame/BattleMoonWars''.
* In the CD-i game, ''HotelMario'', Luigi does this near the end of the opening cutscene:
-->Mario: "We gotta find the princess!"
-->Luigi: "And YOO!" *[[BreakingTheFourthWall points in the general direction of the player]]* "Gotta help us!"
* ''MetalGearSolid4'''s Liquid Ocelot ''loves'' to do this. In fact, expect a dramatic gesture or pose every 50 seconds at the least in any scene he features in, 11 in the space of one scene. But then, Liquid Ocelot is a LargeHam, who loves to ChewTheScenery.
** When Liquid Ocelot did this in Act 3, it resulted in several choppers crashing, some gunfire from his troops, and (via a hand gesture resembling a gunshot to the head) several seizures. It's strongly implied that these were caused by Liquid Ocelot shutting down their dependence on the SOP system.

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* In ''VisualNovel/UminekoWhenTheyCry'', Battler does this to Beatrice (Because well, she did just kill everyone on the island, most of them very messily; although he's pointing at her arguing that she ''didn't.'') as a way of ThrowingDownTheGauntlet.
* All because of a ''typo'' in the original ''{{Tsukihime}}'' where normally benevolent {{Meido}} Hisui says "You are going to be the criminal" as a prediction instead of an accusation. This led to a MemeticMutation where a darker version of Hisui called the "Brainwasher Detective" would point at people and spin her finger to hypnotize them into being criminals so she could arrest them. This occasionally shows up in {{Mythology Gag}}s such as her attacks in ''VideoGame/MeltyBlood'' or ''VideoGame/BattleMoonWars''.
* In the CD-i game, ''HotelMario'', ''VideoGame/HotelMario'', Luigi does this near the end of the opening cutscene:
-->Mario: "We -->'''Mario:''' We gotta find the princess!"
-->Luigi: "And YOO!" *[[BreakingTheFourthWall
princess!\\
'''Luigi:''' And YOO! ''[[[BreakingTheFourthWall
points in the general direction of the player]]* "Gotta player]]]'' Gotta help us!"
us!
* ''MetalGearSolid4'''s ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid4'''s Liquid Ocelot ''loves'' to do this. In fact, expect a dramatic gesture or pose every 50 seconds at the least in any scene he features in, 11 in the space of one scene. But then, Liquid Ocelot is a LargeHam, who loves to ChewTheScenery.
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ChewTheScenery. When Liquid Ocelot did this in Act 3, it resulted in several choppers crashing, some gunfire from his troops, and (via a hand gesture resembling a gunshot to the head) several seizures. It's strongly implied that these were caused by Liquid Ocelot shutting down their dependence on the SOP system.



* An extremely popular pose in ''Franchise/{{Danganronpa}}''. Practically every character [[VisualNovel/{{Danganronpa}} from both]] [[VisualNovel/SuperDanganronpa2 main games]] has at least one sprite in which they do this.

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* An extremely popular pose This little move is a trademark of the ''Franchise/ProfessorLayton'' games. When solving puzzles, Layton, his apprentice Luke, his ward Flora, his other apprentice Emmy, and Luke from the future ''all'' do this to the player, accompanied by one of their assorted {{catchphrase}}s. Layton also does this during the {{Summation Gathering}}s when he accuses the guilty party in ''Franchise/{{Danganronpa}}''. Practically every each game. As a ShoutOut, ''VideoGame/DragonQuestIX'' features the "Professor's Pose" as one of the unlockable [[EmoteAnimation Party Tricks]], that allows you to make your character [[VisualNovel/{{Danganronpa}} from both]] [[VisualNovel/SuperDanganronpa2 main games]] has at least one sprite in which they do this.this whenever you want.



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* Phoenix Wright's signature move from the ''Franchise/AceAttorney'' games whenever making an exclamation ("[[CatchPhrase OBJECTION!]]") is to pound the stand and point. Heck, everyone in those games do. It's their ''job''. The game logos in all regions even feature the title character's silhouette striking a dramatic pointing pose. This is recognized enough that ''[[LightNovel/HaruhiSuzumiya Haruhi]]'' paid {{homage}} to it during the "Murder Mystery" episode. There is massive LampshadeHanging over the constant forceful pointing and yelling.
** Some anime characters would be concerned about HighPressureBlood spray if they cut their fingers. In Case 1-5, Phoenix is concerned about not being able to point at people.
** Defense lawyer Calisto Yew strikes this pose near the end of one of your rebuttals in ''Investigations'', with the added twist that [[spoiler:she's holding a gun]].
** Miles Edgeworth lampshades this at one point in case two with the line "Don't fall asleep while I point my finger at you!"
** Daryan Crescend does it in the rude fashion when making fun of Apollo Justice.
** ''Gyakuten Kenji 2'''s President Ō uses a distinctive underhanded variation, which makes it look like he's FlippingTheBird at Edgeworth (which, [[ScrewTheRulesIMakeThem in context,]] is pretty much what he's doing) [[GettingCrapPastTheRadar even though he's using his pointer finger like everyone else]]. Lang does it this way as well in ''Investigations''.
** Used by Phoenix in ''VideoGame/UltimateMarvelVsCapcom3'' as ''one of his attacks''. His super move? Pointing so hard at someone they ''explode''.
** Actually subverted in ''Dual Destinies''! Prosecutor Simon Blackquill tries to...but the chain of his shackles prevents him from being able to, resulting in a point towards his desk rather than the defense. When he breaks said shackles, he doesn't even bother with this, just launches a RazorWind at the defense and/or the witness.
** ''Dual Destinies'' reveals that this tactic is considered to be such SeriousBusiness that ''it's taught in law school'', and it's actually referred to as the "Objection!" pose '''''in-universe!'''''
** ''Spirit of Justice'' actually sees a prosecutor restrain Phoenix's arm with a set of rosary beads to ''prevent'' him from making the pose, and it's a factor in his losing [[spoiler: [[FissionMailed the first day of]]]] the case!
* And now it looks like [[CrossOver Layton and Wright]] will be working the same case on ''VisualNovel/ProfessorLaytonVSAceAttorney''. Even just the first round of promotional material included lots of pointing from both.
** Even Phoenix's introduction in the trailer starts with him doing the desk-slam and point.
** During certain points of the witch trials, they turn and point in unison. Taken to humorous levels in "The Golden Court" where they do the same thing [[spoiler: despite the fact that Layton is currently a gold statue. Luke and Espella turn the statue (which is pointing, of course) to match Phoenix's movements.]] At the end of the game Layton even prevents two characters from falling to their deaths by pointing at them until they stop in mid-air. [[spoiler: The invisible crane may have had something to do with it, but still...]]
* In ''VisualNovel/UminekoWhenTheyCry'', Battler does this to Beatrice (Because well, she did just kill everyone on the island, most of them very messily; although he's pointing at her arguing that she ''didn't.'') as a way of ThrowingDownTheGauntlet.
* All because of a ''typo'' in the original ''VisualNovel/{{Tsukihime}}'' where normally benevolent {{Meido}} Hisui says "You are going to be the criminal" as a prediction instead of an accusation. This led to a MemeticMutation where a darker version of Hisui called the "Brainwasher Detective" would point at people and spin her finger to hypnotize them into being criminals so she could arrest them. This occasionally shows up in {{Mythology Gag}}s such as her attacks in ''VideoGame/MeltyBlood'' or ''VideoGame/BattleMoonWars''.
* An extremely popular pose in ''Franchise/{{Danganronpa}}''. Practically every character [[VisualNovel/{{Danganronpa}} from both]] [[VisualNovel/SuperDanganronpa2 main games]] has at least one sprite in which they do this.
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* John Freeman does this in the [=Djy1991=] version of ''FanFic/HalfLifeFullLifeConsequences'', while telling the zombie goasts to leave.
* In Website/GoAnimate-made videos, because of the lack of action many of the body frames have, many actions such as punching, pushing or using various items would lead to the character pointing at them then have the other react in some way.
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* Bro from ''{{Webcomic/Homestuck}}'' is pretty fond of this.
* ''TerminalLance'' has a comic where they discussion the common American military subversion of this trope: "[[http://terminallance.com/2010/08/27/terminal-lance-59-knife-hand-anger-gauge/ The Knife-Hand Anger Guage]]"

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* Bro from ''{{Webcomic/Homestuck}}'' ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}'' is pretty fond of this.
* ''TerminalLance'' ''Webcomic/TerminalLance'' has a comic where they discussion the common American military subversion of this trope: "[[http://terminallance.com/2010/08/27/terminal-lance-59-knife-hand-anger-gauge/ The Knife-Hand Anger Guage]]"



* ''WebComic/DragonBallMultiverse'': U13 Yamcha does this to Raditz, when the latter arrives on Earth.

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* ''WebComic/DragonBallMultiverse'': ''Webcomic/DragonBallMultiverse'': U13 Yamcha does this to Raditz, when the latter arrives on Earth.



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* John Freeman does this in the [=Djy1991=] version of ''FanFic/HalfLifeFullLifeConsequences'', while telling the zombie goasts to leave.
* In Website/GoAnimate-made videos, because of the lack of action many of the body frames have, many actions such as punching, pushing or using various items would lead to the character pointing at them then have the other react in some way.
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25th Feb '17 12:46:07 PM nombretomado
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* All because of a ''typo'' in the original ''{{Tsukihime}}'' where normally benevolent {{Meido}} Hisui says "You are going to be the criminal" as a prediction instead of an accusation. This led to a MemeticMutation where a darker version of Hisui called the "Brainwasher Detective" would point at people and spin her finger to hypnotize them into being criminals so she could arrest them. This occasionally shows up in {{Mythology Gag}}s such as her attacks in ''VideoGame/MeltyBlood'' or ''BattleMoonWars''.

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* All because of a ''typo'' in the original ''{{Tsukihime}}'' where normally benevolent {{Meido}} Hisui says "You are going to be the criminal" as a prediction instead of an accusation. This led to a MemeticMutation where a darker version of Hisui called the "Brainwasher Detective" would point at people and spin her finger to hypnotize them into being criminals so she could arrest them. This occasionally shows up in {{Mythology Gag}}s such as her attacks in ''VideoGame/MeltyBlood'' or ''BattleMoonWars''.''VideoGame/BattleMoonWars''.
21st Jan '17 4:17:12 AM Morgenthaler
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* HarryChapin, in watercolor, on the cover for his album ''Verities & Balderdash.''

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* HarryChapin, Music/HarryChapin, in watercolor, on the cover for his album ''Verities & Balderdash.''
18th Jan '17 4:18:58 PM gb00393
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* ''Series/GameOfThrones''. Prince Oberyn does this during his MyNameIsInigoMontoya scene when battling Ser Gregor Clegane, who murdered his sister and her children on Lord Tywin's orders.

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* ''Series/GameOfThrones''. ''Series/GameOfThrones'':
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Prince Oberyn does this during his MyNameIsInigoMontoya scene when battling Ser Gregor Clegane, who murdered his sister and her children on Lord Tywin's orders.


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** Joffrey does this to substantiate his pathetic threats during the small council meeting in "Mhysa".
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