Created By: XFllo on April 4, 2013 Last Edited By: XFllo on June 11, 2013
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Fist Pump

Character pumps their fist(s), determined to accomplish something or proud of their achievement

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  • Re-name the trope? Fist Pump seems to be more intuitive and accurate as the title of this trope.Link to TRS.
  • Already existing trope: This ykttw wants to gather more examples. Originally it claimed it's a stock pose specific for manga/anime, which is not the case. Feel free to contribute them at the trope page Fist Of Enthusiasm or post them here in the discussion.
  • The current examples from Anime and Manga (especially the first) are mostly Zero-Context Example. If you are familiar with it, be so kind and provide context.

A Stock Pose where a character, usually a guy, proclaims something he is determined to accomplish, or to express pride, where he holds up his fist to his shoulder, palm facing inward, and the fist might even shake a little.

Being Hot-Blooded or a Genki Girl will of course make this pose more likely. It can be accompanied by shouting Big "YES!".

This is so common, that it's spoofed as often as it's played straight. Some parodies even have the guy crying Manly Tears of pride.

Compare Fist of Rage, Angry Fist-Shake or Milking the Giant Cow.

Examples:

Anime And Manga
  • Some of the club members in Cosplay Complex do this at various points.
  • In Azumanga Daioh, the boys are actually proud of the teacher Kimura admitting up front that he likes high school girls, and one guy does this pose.
  • Jun does this when he introduces Yurika as a singer in Martian Successor Nadesico.
  • Limone does this in a Wedding Peach Omake video.
  • Rock Lee of Naruto often does this, as does Sakura's inner alter ego early in the series.
  • One Piece: Luffy, more often than not.
  • Natsu from Fairy Tail when he gets FIRED-UP!
  • In Fate/stay night, Shirou does a subdued version of this, explaining that it's right and proper for people who are mortally wounded to die of their wounds, and thus, that it's okay for him to relinquish the power that had kept him alive when he should have died many times over, for the sake of protecting the one he loves.
  • In the Dragon Half OVA, Princess Vina slowly curls her fingers into one of these when she hears of the plan to get her self-proclaimed rival Mink into the Brutal Killer Martial Arts Tournament -- Vina chooses to join as well in order to be the one to eliminate Mink.
  • Pokémon: The anime does this a lot when the main characters are excited after catching a pokemon, landing a strong hit with an attack, or they win a pokemon battle.

Film -- Animated
  • Mega Mind: When Megamind is in disguise, trying to train Titan, he does this.

Film -- Live Action
  • Star Trek: Generations:
    • After the Klingon Bird-of-Prey is destroyed, Data (who is under the influence of the emotion chip) does this gesture and gives a Big "YES!".
    • There's an extra in the background who also does a fist pump just before Data does it, then (out of universe) tries to hide the fact that he did it in order to not ruin Data's moment.
  • Used in Bruce Almighty, when Bruce ends his disastrous Maid of the Mist report by saying, "Back to you, fuckers!" In a cable TV edit anyway, because on VHS and DVD, Bruce gives us the finger.
  • The Breakfast Club fades out on Bender with his fist in the air, triumphant over the events of the day.

Literature
  • Animorphs: When Cassie rescues Ketran from the Yeerk pool, she sees one of the Controllers shaking his fist in what looks like impotent rage. Except she knows that he's a mole, so he's really cheering her on.

Live Action TV
  • The X-Files, "Arcadia": Agent Mulder wants to prove his theory on the case of the week, which involves people obsessing with housing rules and neatness. He carries out a very kitschy pink plastic flamingo and puts it up in the front yard. He looks around confidently and pumps his both fists, and says: "Bring it on!"
  • Power Rangers, obsessively. Comes in the same package as the exaggerated gesturing done when wearing those face-concealing helmets. It's especially big in Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers, where Jason would say something with a fist-pump and a Head Bob, and the others would repeat it or say "right!" with the same gesture.
  • Murphy does it in an episode of Murphy Brown while expressing enthusiasm for getting a scoop interview.
  • On Arrow, Oliver and Diggle are impatiently waiting for Felicity to hack a bad guy's computer. "Just so you know, when I finish, I'll put my fist in the air and say 'Yeah!'". Later, when she finally succeeds, she does exactly that.
    Felicity: Wow. I really do do that.
  • Arrested Development: Steve Holt's Catch Phrase is shouting "STEVE HOLT!" with raised arms.

Video Games

Web Original

Web Video
  • The Lizzie Bennet Diaries: According to Lizzie, this is what Mrs Bennet did at Ellen Gibson's wedding when she was enjoying her success as a matchmaker when her daughter Jane and Bing hit it off, dancing together song after song. Let's hope Lizzie meant it metaphorically.
    Lizzie: Then [I was] watching mom pump her fist so that everyone in the world knew of her unbridled success.

Western Animation
  • Regular Show: Parodies this in the episode "Fist Pump". Mordecai and Rigby want to get concert tickets for a band of the same name. They do this pose many times throughout the episode while shouting "Fiiist Puuummmp".
  • Aqua Teen Hunger Force: Carl pumps his fist whenever he shouts "Tonight!"

Community Feedback Replies: 34
  • April 5, 2013
    Chabal2
    • Animorphs: when Cassie rescues Ketran from the Yeerk pool, she sees one of the Controllers shaking his fist in what looks like impotent rage. Except she knows that he's a mole, so he's really cheering her on.
    • Flash Gitz in Dawn Of War occasionally do this while firing (their enormous, two-handed BFGs).
  • April 5, 2013
    dotchan
    We already have a trope called Fist Of Enthusiasm. Not sure if it's the same trope, though.
  • April 5, 2013
    dotchan
    We already have a trope called Fist Of Enthusiasm. Not sure if it's the same trope, though.
  • April 5, 2013
    PsiPaula4
    ^That's because this is that same trope. However, it used to only be an anime trope, but then it was realized that it also appears in other forms of media, so a YKTTW was made to help the trope out.

    Anyway, I think this is related to Milking The Giant Cow.
  • April 6, 2013
    XFllo
    Yes, it's the same trope. I'll add the Milking The Giant Cow to the draft. BTW, I think the description could use a minor re-write. I somehow don't love its style.

    Also image of Ham And Cheese has it. Anyone who writes the example for the film gets a virtual cookie.
  • April 6, 2013
    NESBoy
    • Used in Bruce Almighty, when Bruce ends his disasterous Maid of the Mist report by saying, "Back to you, fuckers!"
  • April 8, 2013
    TheHandle
    Fate Stay Night, Shirou does a subdued version of this, explaining that it's right and proper for people who are mortally wounded to die of their wounds, and thus, that it's okay for him to relinquish the power that had kept him alive when he should have died many times over, for the sake of protecting the one he loves.
  • April 9, 2013
    Arivne
    Film
    • Star Trek Generations. After the Klingon Bird-of-Prey is destroyed, Data (who is under the influence of the emotion chip) does this and gives a Big Yes.
  • April 9, 2013
    McKathlin
    Memetic Mutation
    • The Success Kid advice animal celebrates life's little moments of win.
  • @NES Boy, I believe that may be a cable TV edit you're describing, because on VHS and DVD, Bruce gives us the finger.
  • April 9, 2013
    XFllo
    Could the meme be put into Web original? I don't think TV Tropes approve listing memes per se...
  • April 10, 2013
    XFllo
    I copied your examples to the article and added mine from The X Files when Mulder pumps his both fists.
  • April 11, 2013
    Arivne
    If this is about people doing a fist pump, it should be named Fist Pump to make it easy to find.
  • April 11, 2013
    XFllo
    ^ That's exactly what I think as well. This was launched a while ago (a year or two I think). Renames are possible, but consensus has to be overwhelming :-)
  • April 11, 2013
    McKathlin
    I second Fist Pump, as a redirect at the very least.
  • April 12, 2013
    XFllo
    I'd like Fist Pump as the title, and the current one as its redirect.
  • April 12, 2013
    randomsurfer
    re Star Trek Generations: There's actually an extra in the background who also does a fist pump just before Data does it, then (out of universe) tries to hide the fact that he did it in order to not ruin Data's moment.

    • Murphy does it in an episode of Murphy Brown while expressing enthusiasm for getting a scoop interview.
  • April 17, 2013
    KingZeal
    In Chrono Trigger, Chrono does this after every battle. And once in the ending when he's called to action one last time.
  • May 3, 2013
    xanderiskander
    Western Animation
    • Regular Show: Parodies this in the episode "Fist Pump". Mordecai and Rigby want to get concert tickets for a band of the same name. They do this pose many times throughout the episode while shouting "Fiiiist Puuummmp".

    Also I agree that Fist Pump should be the main name.
  • May 10, 2013
    AurumPyrrhon
    Megaman in the Battle Network series does this on several occasions, like when obtaining an item.
  • May 10, 2013
    UltramarineAlizarin
    Fist Pump is definitely what I'd search for first for trying to find examples of this. Just to be clear, would Fist Of Enthusiasm still be kept as a redirect if a rename went through?

    Anime and Manga
    • In the Dragon Half OVA, Princess Vina slowly curls her fingers into one of these when she hears of the plan to get her self-proclaimed rival Mink into the Brutal Killer Martial Arts Tournament -- Vina chooses to join as well in order to be the one to eliminate Mink.
  • May 18, 2013
    XFllo
    ^^ Could you Wiki Word and Name Space your example? What medium is it?

    ^ That's what I think would be best. Fist Pump as the title and keep this one as an alternative title and redirect.
    Anyway, I read that tropes must go through Trope Repair Shop when we want to rename it. However, considering that TRS is stuck and there is rarely a free slot, I thought we might start a crowner here in YKTTW. Would that be ok?
  • May 31, 2013
    nlpnt
    Arrested Development: STEVE HOLT! (said character's Catch Phrase).
  • May 31, 2013
    XFllo
    ^ More context please. :-)
  • May 31, 2013
    Koveras
  • June 1, 2013
    XFllo
    I managed to squeeze it into an emptied slot in TRS. Link. It should be a quick fix.
  • June 1, 2013
    xanderiskander
    • Pokemon: The anime does this a lot when the main characters are excited after catching a pokemon, landing a strong hit with an attack, or they win a pokemon battle.
  • June 3, 2013
    surgoshan
    • On Arrow, Oliver and Diggle are impatiently waiting for Felicity to hack a bad guy's computer. "Just so you know, when I finish, I'll put my fist in the air and say 'Yeah!'". Later, when she finally succeeds, she does exactly that.
      Felicity: Wow. I really do do that.
  • June 8, 2013
    intersection
    On Aqua Teen Hunger Force, Carl invokes this whenever he shouts "Tonight!"
  • June 8, 2013
    XFllo
    ^ Invoked Trope means that somebody set up the trope to happen. He would have to say something like: "Now, everybody do fist pump!" I think it's just normal use, aka Played Straight. :-)
  • June 8, 2013
    eowynjedi
    • Final Fantasy:
      • In the Nintendo DS remake of Final Fantasy III, Ingus does this when he levels up.
      • Barrett of Final Fantasy VII repeatedly pumps his fist for his victory pose.
      • Zell of Final Fantasy has this in his stock body language animations, as well as a more enthusiastic version in his victory pose.
  • June 8, 2013
    xanderiskander
    Video Games
    • Persona 4:
      • Kanji being the youngest on the investigation team, and easily excited, does a fist pump as his victory pose.
      • In the updated rerelease "Golden", The Main Character will do a fist pump as his victory pose when he's wearing the red ranger costume.
  • June 10, 2013
    RandomSurfer
    The Breakfast Club fades out on Bender with his fist in the air, triumphant over the events of the day.
  • June 11, 2013
    XFllo
    The crowner was called -- it's now renamed as Fist Pump. Thank you all who contributed. :-)
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