Created By: ChromeNewfie on August 17, 2009
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Yes, THAT finger.

I'm surprised given the significance when it shows up, plus the twists and turns many shows have to imply it without actually showing it, that this entry doesn't already exist. Unless I've missed it, and I've looked under most of the variants I can think of.
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  • August 18, 2009
    FairyGodmoose
    There were several occasions on Dead Like Me where characters clearly gave someone else the finger, thanks to the fact that the show was aired on Showtime.
  • August 18, 2009
    Narvi
    John Constantine knows the appropriate moment.
  • August 18, 2009
    Unknown Troper
    One episode of Flight Of The Conchords (possibly called "Racist", since it was the one about the racist shopkeeper) featured the band's American friend teaching them how to "flip the bird".
  • August 18, 2009
    johnnye
    I think this needs to be more specific, given that this happens all the time in Real Life (you don't see an article for "someone swears"). Maybe restrict to talking about it, subversions, interesting variants?

    Seem to remember the Atlantic confusion over the gesture being brought up on The Fifty First State
  • August 18, 2009
    Unknown Troper
    We don't have this? Really?
  • August 18, 2009
    Fanra
    Here's a photo for the page:

    PUEBLO men exhibiting the Hawaiian Good Luck Sign in a North Korean propaganda photo.

    Real Life: When captured by North Korea, the crew of the ship USS Pueblo were forced to appear in staged propaganda photos. Each man showed the finger in the photos. When pressed, they claimed it was a Hawaiian Good Luck sign. Unfortunately, North Korea was able to read the foreign press and soon discovered the truth.

    The film Top Gun had Maverick and Goose tell the story of when they "flipped the bird" at a Soviet pilot. Goose then explains unnecessarily that means gave him the finger.

    South Park has Craig's family, who constantly gives each other the finger.

    In the Weird Al Yankovic video "White & Nerdy" the black gangstas he wishes to hang out with give him the finger (although it is blurred out for censorship reasons).
  • August 18, 2009
    lukebn
    I second johnnye's point. The finger is not an artistic trope; it's something actual people actually do.
  • August 18, 2009
    Unknown Troper
    In 8Mile Alex and B-Rabbit give each other theFinger cordially.
  • August 18, 2009
    Unknown Troper
    It wasn't Tweek's family, it was Craig's.
  • August 18, 2009
    Amazingly Enough
    I don't think this is a trope at all.
  • August 18, 2009
    foxley
    Maverick flips the bird to a Mig pilot while inverted over him in Top Gun.
  • August 18, 2009
    zevans
    If it is a trope then the first Agent Smith scene in the Matrix MUST qualify.
  • August 18, 2009
    the grene kni3t
    This may not be a trope, but for what it's worth, in Ace Ventura Pet Detective, Ace tricks a football player into giving him the finger so he can get a good look at his championship ring.
  • August 18, 2009
    Saintheart
    It isn't seen on film, but giving God the finger in Dogma usually results in angels getting sent to Wisconscin for all of human history.
  • August 18, 2009
    ChromeNewfie
    I'm not thinking about The Finger as it gets used in real life. That's just, as has been pointed out, "what people do". However, when it gets used - or even more pertinently, implied - in a visual medium, there's a lot more weight to it. I guess it's one of the last great communicative taboos - I've seen shows that use sailor-embarrassing levels of profanity, yet never once used the International Signal. Like the great Jules Winnfield said about foot massages, if it is referenced at all, it means something, almost always.

    On another note, a reference to a "finger stand-in" - remember that double fist tap thing they started doing for a bit on Friends? Not to mention countless verbal pictures painted to an unnamed offscreen gesture. If that sort of shenanigans isn't a trope, it can at least see trope's house from there.
  • August 19, 2009
    Wyvernil
    I'd call it Flip The Bird, actually, just so we're clear on what finger we're referring to (the one in the middle).
  • August 19, 2009
    Unknown Troper
    Flip The Bird is my general choice.

    Rock does this quite memorably in the second episode of Black Lagoon, flipping off the Extra Order mercs as he pulls his first Crowning Moment Of Awesome by having the title ship launched off a ramp and the torpedoes launched to wipe out an attack chopper that was after them.
  • August 19, 2009
    Unknown Troper
    "Ah, the middle finger. The most communicative of fingers." ~Guybrush Threepwood examines a hand shaped table in Escape From Monkey Island.
  • August 19, 2009
    Bisected8
    Compare the variation popular in non-US commonwealth and former commonwealth countries; the V Sign.
  • August 19, 2009
    Unknown Troper
    Order Of The Stick gives us the spell "Bixby's expressive single digit".
  • August 19, 2009
    ChromeNewfie
    FlippingTheBird flows a little better as a title, in my head, but I'm not averse to it.

    One of the more surprising appearances, to me, is in an episode of RanmaOneHalf, when they fight the Gambling King. The King uses it to punctuate his rant/challenge. Then it gets returned to him... by Akane, of all people. And I was like, whisky tango foxtrot?
  • August 19, 2009
    Chabal 2
    Order Of The Stick also has Xykon's "Hey, I just grew back a finger. Guess which one."
  • August 19, 2009
    Unknown Troper
    Basically the way I generally remember it, the V-sign is only analogous to flipping somebody off when the palm is facing toward you instead of away from you like the regular V-sign. Dates back to archers in the medieval age, if I remember my history correctly.
  • August 21, 2009
    ChromeNewfie
    Well, I think we have enough here to justify a page, at least to indicate the usage in fiction as opposed to everyday life. The only question remains, where's the best place for it?
  • August 22, 2009
    Arivne
    Film
    • Tremors. The protagonists have decided to make a run for the bulldozer so they can make their escape, but they need something to distract the man-eating Graboids away from them. Melvin (an annoying minor character) is nearby.
    Earl: Melvin, you want to make a buck?
    Melvin: Eat it! [gives him The Finger]
  • August 22, 2009
    thedreadednyondo
    Let's not forget the "Sweet Goodbye" achievement in Mirrors Edge.
  • August 22, 2009
    Sackett
  • August 22, 2009
    dotchan
    Kevin Rudolf's "Let It Rock":
    Now the son's disgraced, he who knew his father.
    When he cursed his name, turned and chased the dollar.
    But it broke his heart so he stuck his middle finger
    to the world, to the world, to the world.
  • August 22, 2009
    Medinoc
    The Duke Nukem Forever trailer.
  • August 23, 2009
    Arivne
    Film
    • Undercover Brother. The title character and Sistah Girl are being chased by two security guards in golf carts. The guards try to warn some senior citizens (also in golf carts) to clear out of the way, and one elderly woman gives them The Finger.
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