Created By: Xelloss08 on March 6, 2011 Last Edited By: Xelloss08 on April 1, 2011
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Five Finger Fillet

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A way to show that a character is a hardened criminal, a Knife Nut, or just generally Badass.

The character places his hand palm-down on a table, spreads his fingers, and begins stabbing between them with a knife, trying to go as fast as possible without hurting himself.

A character who does this will rarely mess up; but if they do, it can result in Fingore.


Film

Literature
  • A variation occurs in Neverwhere. Mr Croup places his hand against a wall and throws several razor blades at it, landing in the spaces in between. Mr Vandemar is unimpressed with the fact that he missed all of them.

Live-Action Television
  • In the BBC documentary series Simon Schama's Power of Art, Pablo Picasso meets his future mistress Dora Maar when she cuts her fingers doing this
  • Alias
  • Boardwalk Empire: Seen in the episode "Family Limitation"
  • In an episode of Eerie Indiana involving supposed subliminal messages in punk rock bands' songs, a character du jour was seen doing this.
  • The IT Crowd had Moss do it.

Video Games

Web Comics
  • Marilith: When Dim and Vics are introduced, Vics stabs himself while doing this
  • In Cwen's Quest, one of the new villains shows off by performing this on a fairy.

Web Original

Western Animation
  • Homer attempted this in an episode of The Simpsons, and managed to stab his fingers every single time.
  • Samurai Jack: Occurs in the episode "Jack versus Mad Jack"
  • In Stressed Eric, a man in the hospital queue does this with his hand resting on his thigh. He seems quite happy to repeatedly stab his thigh, but screams in pain when he misses and hits his finger.

Real Life
  • This activity is variously known as "the knife game", "nerve", "bishop", and "five finger fillet".
Community Feedback Replies: 12
  • March 6, 2011
    randomsurfer
    The one example I remember from The Simpsons is an aversion/subversion.
    In the Simpsons' kitchen, Marge opens an envelope as Homer sits at the table dangling a knife over his hand.
    Marge: Homer, look, we're invited to Otto's wedding! Ooh, and such delicate tissue paper. [squinting] Eh? Zigzag?
    [Homer repeatedly stabs each of his fingers]
    Marge: No knife games on the kitchen table.
    Homer: I didn't hit your precious table!

    Real Life: Danny Bonaduce (from The Partridge Family) is - or was - a master of this, as are all the male Bonaduces, according to his autobiography.
  • March 7, 2011
    Stratadrake
    There was one episode of Eerie Indiana involving supposed subliminal messages in * punk rock bands' songs, and a character du jour was seen doing exactly this.
  • March 8, 2011
    FireWalk
    A variation in Neverwhere: Mr Croup places his hand against a wall and throws several razor blades at it, landing in the spaces in between. Mr Vandemar is unimpressed with the fact that he missed all of them.
  • March 17, 2011
    Xelloss08
    What are your opinions on the title? I selected it for the Added Alliterative Appeal, but do you think it is easy enough to understand the trope's meaning from the title?
  • March 21, 2011
    randomsurfer
    It's the established term, or one of them anyway.
  • March 22, 2011
    Thebes
    In Cwens Quest, one of the new villains shows off by performing this on a fairy.
  • March 22, 2011
    IronLion
    In Stressed Eric, a man in the hospital queue does this with his hand resting on his thigh. He seems quite happy to repeatedly stab his thigh, but screams in pain when he misses and hits his finger.
  • March 25, 2011
    originalhobbit
    One of the most famous examples has to be from Xena.

    I've even heard it being referred to as "that knife thing from Xena"
  • March 29, 2011
    Ripsaw
    Comic Book Example: In one of the Batman "Knightfall" series stories, near his showdown with Bane, Batman is leaning against a wall catching his breath after taking down one of Bane's flunkies. His spread hand is on the wall, he's bent over slightly with his other hand on his knee. Next panel: three knives "THUNK" into the wall between his spread fingers. Next panel: "It takes great aim to miss that accurately" (or words to that effect, Wiki Magic GO!).
  • March 29, 2011
    Kain
    There's a version of this in [[Yu-Gi-Oh]] (season 0) whereby Yami creates a Shadow Game in which you place a stack of money on your hand, stab a knife into it, and get to keep however much money you stab. Yami, of course, wins.
  • April 1, 2011
    mack
  • April 1, 2011
    ccoa
    Real Life examples always go at the bottom of the example list, not alphabetically.
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