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Five Finger Fillet
(permanent link) added: 2011-03-06 20:13:46 sponsor: Xelloss08 (last reply: 2011-04-01 10:42:28)

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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.


  • 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".
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