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-> ''"I raised my left hand in the air as I turned away, focused once more on my destination, and, in a move I stole straight from Gilgamesh, I snapped my fingers once. Above me the gears of my soul hung in the sky churned once with a noise like the heartbeat of god. And from the sky a rain of silver flung itself down upon my foes."''
-->-- ''FanFic/TheHillOfSwords'', during the FinalBattle.

When a character needs to do something impressive, they'll often do it with a snap of their fingers. Sometimes it's just a signal for Mooks to carry out a Villain's orders, but sometimes the snaps themselves have magical powers.

FridgeLogic makes one wonder about the "orders" one. How much time is spent training the mooks whether the finger snap means "bring the suitcase of money", "kill them", or "[[YouGetMeCoffee get me something to drink]]"? Context is one of the only possibilities...

Compare FingerGun, especially when a FriendlySniper is around.



* The Anonymous young man in the [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qpj2U8G1gDc commercials]] for Paco Robanne's men's fragrance [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FoOO3HdwAs0 One Million]] does this.
* As does the young woman in the [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iQt0iEEkWJM Lady Million]] commercials, too.

[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* Roy Mustang from ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist'' can cause [[PlayingWithFire fiery explosions]] by snapping his fingers, [[JustifiedTrope using specially-made gloves to generate a spark]].
* ''[[Anime/MobileFighterGGundam G Gundam]]'''s Domon snaps his fingers in order to summon his Gundam.
* An episode of ''Manga/{{Bakugan}}'' had one of the baddies cause seemingly inexplicable combat events by snapping his fingers. [[spoiler: he was actually signaling his invisible ally.]]
* Wei in ''Anime/DarkerThanBlack'' has a BloodyMurder power activated in this fashion. He drips his blood on something or someone, and the instant he snaps his fingers, there is an explosive/teleportation effect signaled by a flash of light.
* Cinque's introduction in ''Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanohaStrikers'' has her [[FlechetteStorm throwing knives]] at the [[TheFederation Administration Bureau's]] shield generators and snapping her fingers to [[MadeOfExplodium detonate them]].
* In ''Anime/TigerAndBunny'', criminal NEXT Jake Martinez activates his [[spoiler: force field]] powers by snapping his fingers. The results vary but are almost always painful for whoever he targets.
* ''Manga/GiantRobo'' has a villain, the Fabulous Fitzgerald, who can cut anything in half by snapping his fingers at it. Watching him [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GvztVMdTyUA take apart a base and all its troops while practically dancing his way through the flame]] establishes this character as a badass and psychopath.
* An early episode of ''Anime/CodeGeass'' has Zero unveiling a massive poison gas bomb behind him with a dramatic fingersnap... and instantly taking hostage hundreds of civilians who have no idea what the contraption behind him is. [[spoiler: It's not a chemical weapon, though; just a smoke bomb.]]
* In ''LightNovel/HighSchoolDxD'', Issei activates Dress Break by snapping his fingers. [[ClothingDamage It does exactly what it says.]] How badass is it? [[spoiler: Badass enough to overcome a ''higher tier'' Longinus that's currently strapped into Asia from turning her into a tactical nuke.]]
* In ''[[LightNovel/{{Slayers}} Slayers NEXT]]'', [[GreaterScopeVillain Hellmaster Phibrizzo]] demonstrates his powers by snapping his fingers and instantly killing someone. [[spoiler: That someone is [[BigBad Gaav, the Demon Dragon King]], although admittedly Gaav had been weakened due to being sealed in human form and having taken Lina's Ragna Blade spell on the chin.]]
* In ''Anime/SmilePrettyCure'', Akane Hino does this during her transformation to light her [[TransformationTrinket powder puff]] on fire. As Cure Sunny she does this sometimes to light her fist on fire.
* In ''Anime/DokiDokiPrettyCure'', on the one side, the [[QuirkyMinibossSquad Selfish Agents]] turn Psyches into Dark Psyches and rip them off by a single fingersnap - in other words, they rip the people's hearts off. They need the Dark Psyches to turn them into [[MonsterOfTheWeek Jikochuus]]. On the other side, [[TheDragon Regina]] activates her magic abilities by snapping her fingers. She corrupts Psyches by using a FingerGun instead. The main difference between the Selfish Agents and Regina is that the Selfish Agents can only increase the selfishness of people, while Regina creates selfishness by force.
* In ''Anime/SailorMoon'', the Amazon Trio snaps their finger to summon the tablet behind their victim to hold them in place while looking into their Dream Mirrors.
* Jessie in {{Franchise/Pokemon}} sometimes does this when ordering James and Meowth around. Put to good use when a CharacterOfTheDay called her out on lying about her age to get into a Contest:
-->'''Jessie:''' ''[calmly snaps fingers]'' Take him away.\\
''[[[FunnyBackgroundEvent behind her, James and Meowth immediately grab the guy and drag him off-screen]]]''

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* "Snapper" Carr, sidekick of the ''Franchise/JusticeLeagueOfAmerica'', eventually developed the power to teleport, but only when he snapped his fingers. (Thus being temporarily depowered when his hands were cut off.)
* Hunter Zolomon, the second [[Franchise/TheFlash Zoom]], used his "speed" powers to create deadly sonic booms, which he activated by a simple snap.
* Comicbook/{{Thanos}}, at the peak of his godlike powers in ''Comicbook/TheInfinityGauntlet'', killed off half the population of the Universe at the behest of Death. (Naturally, that state of affairs [[ResetButton didn't last]].) He did so with a finger snap.
* ''Comicbook/PS238'': [[http://ps238.nodwick.com/comic/01202012/ How]] Ultimate Powers changes his clothes, and also [[http://ps238.nodwick.com/comic/02132012/ sometimes]] how he uses his powers.
* The gods of ''ComicBook/TheWickedAndTheDivine'' usually activate their powers this way.

[[folder:Fan Works]]
* ''Fanfic/ChildOfTheStorm'' has [[spoiler: Lily Potter, White Phoenix of the Crown]], reveal this as one of her signature moves. How badass is it? Well, the first time she uses it, it's almost entirely off-hand and it cows a fragment of [[spoiler: Chthon]] that had been powerful enough to go toe to toe with ''Odin''. ''Twice.'' The second time, noting impishly that she doesn't often get the chance to show off, she uses it to transport everyone from London to the royal hall in Asgard. As a deeply impressed Carol puts it...
-->'''Carol:''' Dude. [[spoiler: Your mom]] has got ''moves.''
* ''Fanfic/TheHillOfSwords'' gives us a beautiful moment in the last fight where Shirou stops playing around and unveils [[FieldOfBlades Unlimited Blade Works]], [[CurbStompBattle with]] [[StormOfBlades all]] [[DeathInAllDirections that]] [[ThereIsNoKillLikeOverkill entails]], as quoted above.
* A very notable case in ''FanFic/HarryPotterAndTheMethodsOfRationality'', where Harry snapping his fingers very quickly suffers from MemeticMutation to the point where most of the children believe he can do anything by snapping his fingers. He even uses a hand ready to snap its fingers as his coat of arms for his army.
* ''FanFic/BurningBlack'': Timmy does this at the end of Act IV in order to activate the spell that launches a Dark Spire into the air and destroys it.
* In the ''Fanfic/FacingTheFutureSeries'', whenever Sam uses her [[PlayingWithFire fire powers]], she usually unleashes her aura with a snap of her fingers.
* ''Fanfic/MegamiNoHanabira'', [[TheDon Shusui Naito]] springs his ambush on the girls in this manner: he snaps his fingers and a battalion of {{Yakuza}} come streaming into the room, completely surrounding the heroes.
* Paul in ''Fanfic/PokemonResetBloodlines'' has trained his Grotle to use Stealth Rock when he snaps his fingers, to catch the opponent off guard.

[[folder:Films -- Animation]]
* Pixar's ''WesternAnimation/ABugsLife''. Hopper does this with all four of his hands when he's commanding Thumper.
* In ''Disney/OliverAndCompany'', when Sykes snaps his fingers, his Doberman Pinchers attack Fagin (and Dodger, when he steps in to save his master) in the warehouse until Sykes snaps his fingers again.
* Used by Lumina in ''WesternAnimation/BarbieThePearlPrincess''.

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* Disney's ''Film/MaryPoppins''. During the "Spoonful of Sugar" segment the title character starts magically cleaning up the room by snapping her fingers, and then the children start doing it. Watch it [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i5IW9wK_HNg#t=1m40s here]].
* Ben Stiller's character in ''Film/DodgeballATrueUnderdogStory'' snaps his fingers to command his henchmen throughout the movie. Very much PlayedForLaughs.
* In ''Film/DoctorZhivago'', the title character steals some firewood. When the house captain and the neighbors find out, it looks like Yuri is in trouble. However, a secret policeman followed Zhivago back and with a snap of his fingers dismisses the collected mob. It turns out the policeman was Yuri's half-brother Yevgraf.
* Played for laughs in ''Film/TheCourtJester'', where a fingersnap is the signal that turns on or off the hypnotic conditioning that turns timid Hawkins (Danny Kaye) into a badass, superconfident fencer. Inevitably he always comes into situations where both partners in a conversation keep saying things accompanied by fingersnaps, e. g. telling the other that they would not give as much as "that! *snap*" for this, that or the other etc.
-->'''Hawkins:''' And now, Mylord Ravenhurst, you old rat-catcher, we shall see whose life isn't worth that!" *snap* ''[panics]''
* In ''Film/SpyKids'', Floop uses this to good effect with his robot minions (who resemble a giant humanoid combination of thumbs) with the threat "I snap my fingers and my fingers snap you."

* In ''Literature/HarryPotter'', Dobby uses his magic abilities by snapping his fingers, which also creates a little spark effect.
* Played with in ''Discworld/{{Eric}}'' where Rincewind thinks he has gained the ability (to his and the reader's great surprise) to grant wishes. However it is really Hell's [[TheStarscream Evil Chancellor]] who is doing the magic and just making it coincide with Rincewind snapping his fingers.
* In ''Literature/TheBaroqueCycle'' [[AntiVillain King Louis XIV]], who is [[AManOfWealthAndTaste far, far, too elegant]] to ever snap his fingers, snaps his snuff box closed as an alternative signal.
* Lampshaded in ''Literature/CityOfAshes'', when [[TheArchmage Magnus Bane]] gives a warning finger-snap, and somebody feels the need to explain:
-->'''Magnus:''' There's no need to clarify my finger snap. The implication was clear in the snap itself.
* Subverted in ''Literature/TheSagaOfDarrenShan''. Mr Crepsley seemingly has the ability to summon objects to him by snapping his fingers. He later reveals he's actually grabbing them at SuperSpeed, and the finger-snapping is a form of misdirection (which he'd know about, as a stage performer).

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* ''Series/DoctorWho'':
** Series 4, in the episode "Voyage of the Damned", the Doctor snaps his fingers to have two of the angel-robot dudes lift him into the bowels of the ship amid explosions and fire.
** He later discovers he can open the TARDIS doors with a snap of his fingers, which he's used once as 10, several times as 11, and several times again as 12. In addition, his companion Clara Oswald became the first (and, to date, only) companion to also gain this ability, with she and the Doctor actually having a minor "finger snap duel" regarding the TARDIS doors in "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS34E6TheCaretaker The Caretaker]]". In a particularly memorable scene, Clara rides her motorcycle into the TARDIS, while the Doctor is busy reading an advanced quantum mechanics textbook. Without looking at her, he simply calls out "Draft!" She smiles and snaps her fingers to close the door.
** In "[[Recap/DoctorWho2016CSTheReturnOfDoctorMysterio The Return of Doctor Mysterio]]", [[FlyingBrick the Ghost]] introduces himself this way. First, he taps on the 100th floor window several times to get everyone's attention. Then, when everyone's looking in shock at a strange flying man in a cape and a mask, he nonchalantly snaps his fingers, and the window shatters, as he just as calmly lands inside. Even the episode's BigBad has to admit it was impressive, especially since the window was designed to withstand the equivalent of four nuclear blasts. Later, during his interview/date with the Lucy, he snaps his fingers to light a candle.
* ''Series/{{Sherlock}}'': At the beginning of "A Scandal in Begravia", Moriarty calls off the snipers aiming at Sherlock and John this way.
* ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'':
** Q's snapping can do all sorts of things, like fling the ''Enterprise'' all the way to the Delta Quadrant. To be fair, he's omnipotent, so can do anything he wants with any gesture he wants; he just snaps his fingers to look nonchalant while he does it.
** Q's been around them for long enough that, by "Devil's Due", [[GotMeDoingIt Picard is using this to signal his crew during trial]].
** [[Series/StarTrekVoyager Q's son]] also picks up this trick. It gets {{Subverted}}, though, when he gets temporarily BroughtDownToNormal, as he learns when he snaps his fingers and nothing happens.
* In one episode of ''Series/BurnNotice'', Michael Westen convinces a gang of hardened Latino criminals to help him. He does this by snapping his fingers, at which point his careful planning will result in the other members of his crew (Sam Axe and Fiona) causing something dramatic and incredible to happen, like a door exploding; he essentially intimidates them into helping him. At one point, he has to improvise, and he ''bluffs'' by holding up his fingers, ready to snap them. By now, the gang is so afraid of what his finger-snaps cause to happen, even if they are reasonably sure that he's still an ordinary mortal man, that they quickly acquiesce to his demand without him having anything in place. At the end of the episode, as we cut away from the gangers from the last time (Michael's plotting having resulted in them taking control of a large turf from an arguably much-worse cartel,) the gang's leader snaps his fingers as he walks away from the scene of the confrontation, full of new confidence and most likely new ideas. This later gets a CallBack when a client sarcastically asks Michael if he can just make the drug dealers disappear by snapping his fingers.
-->'''Westen:''' Well, it's worked before.
* ''Series/HappyDays'': The Fonz.
* ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'': the Trickster/Gabriel, as well as Crowley's ability to make people explode with a finger snap. Lucifer did this to Castiel, who later used it on Raphael. Castiel also used it to [[spoiler:free Death from a binding spell.]]
* In ''Series/ZyudenSentaiKyoryuger'', Torin has a regular finger snap as his CharacterTic; it becomes this after he upgrades from mentor to [[SixthRanger Tenth Ranger]] Kyoryu Silver.
* ''Series/AdamRuinsEverything'': Adams sometimes warps reality with a finger snap. Notably in "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K_P9PR5ckFk Why a Wall Won't Stop Immigration]]", he sends everyone on the USA-Mexico border in a flash of light, Q-style.

* One of the lyrics in [[Music/{{Vocaloid}} Karakuri Burst]] is translated in a popular translation as 'When I snap the fingers on my right hand, [[KnightTemplar destroy the evil.]]'

[[folder:Pro Wrestling]]
* Dalton Castle can make The Boys in Wrestling/RingOfHonor form into a human reclining chair for him with a snap of his fingers.[[/folder]]

[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* ''TabletopGame/{{Hackmaster}} Basic/Advanced''. A mage can cancel any spell they've cast by snapping their fingers (Dismiss Enchantment spell, ''ComicStrip/KnightsOfTheDinnerTable'' #146).

[[folder:Video Games]]
* In ''VideoGame/KingdomHeartsII'', Saïx snaps his fingers to summon more Nobodies to fight Sora and Company. In ''[[VideoGame/KingdomHeartsChainOfMemories Chain of Memories]]'' [[PlayingWithFire Axel]] burns somebody up with a snap.
* Evie characters that specialize in scythes in ''VideoGame/{{Vindictus}}'' can learn two major skills that can take enemies out with one snap of their fingers. The first skill, Bloody Thread, surrounds up to four mobs with thread and when Evie snaps her fingers, the thread contracts for massive damage. The second skill, Mark of Death, has her marking up to four mobs, getting the soul from one, and when she snaps her fingers, the souls from the mobs marked are released from the body. Scythe Evies especially love using these skills as a way to finish off bosses.
* Shiva's LimitBreak from ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyX''. She encases her enemy in a solid block of ice, then shatters it by snapping her fingers. Arguably ''more'' impressive if you have the shortened summoning animations on as it cuts out everything before the finger snap, which makes it look like Shiva comes in, snaps her fingers and ''everyone explodes in ice''.
* Doctor Doom in ''VideoGame/MarvelVsCapcom3''. He can snap his fingers to summon his CoolChair, or his [[CallingYourAttacks HIDDEN MISSILES!]] Both of which can happen on [[CrazyPrepared any stage]].
* ''VideoGame/{{Touhou}} Soccer'' gives us [[CuteGhostGirl Mima]] and her [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kofnEdB8Blc Twilight Spark]], which she fires with a snap of her fingers.
* ''Franchise/TheLegendOfZelda'':
** [[BigBad Ghirahim]] in ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaSkywardSword'' snaps his fingers whenever he uses powerful magic like creating fences around the Sealed Grounds, bringing a boss to life, or creating a sword to fight Link with.
** In ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaOcarinaOfTime'', the Spirit Temple features a boss monster that appears as a knight covered in armor. It summons a huge axe from ''Hammerspace'' with an audible snap of its fingers.
** The Gerudo Champion Urbosa in ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaBreathOfTheWild'' can call down lightning strikes with a snap of her fingers as her signature ability. [[spoiler: Link gets the same ability after freeing the Divine Beast Vah Naboris, though the only time he snaps his fingers to do it is during the cutscene where he receives the power.]]
* In ''VideoGame/SuperMarioRPG'', Bowser's magic is triggered by him snapping his fingers.
* Dimentio in ''VideoGame/SuperPaperMario'' would cast his magic by snapping his fingers. [[StuffBlowingUp Explosions]] usually followed.
* Manfred von Karma from ''VisualNovel/PhoenixWrightAceAttorney'' often snaps his fingers for dramatic emphasis. His finger snaps are so badass that they make a metallic noise.
** Taken UpToEleven in the [[Anime/AceAttorney anime adaptation]], where his finger snaps can cause [[BlowYouAway gale-force winds]].
* Cheria Barnes of ''VideoGame/TalesOfGraces'' snaps her fingers in her [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lpZLX2aIvb8 third level mystic arte]] to end the TimeStandsStill preparation of a FlechetteStorm.
* In ''VideoGame/DevilSurvivor2'', the Anguished One's [[EstablishingCharacterMoment debut scene]] has him shatter one of the resident {{Eldritch Abomination}}s[[spoiler:[[MookMaker ' spawned]] {{Mooks}}]] to pieces by snapping his fingers.
* As long as he is not moving, Dante in ''VideoGame/DevilMayCry4'' will make a gesture upon changing [[StanceSystem styles]]. If he changes to Gunslinger, he will raise both hands and snap his fingers.
* Some additional abilities (like [[DoppelgangerAttack creating clones]]) in ''VideoGame/{{Bayonetta}}'' are activated by finger snap.
* ''VideoGame/SuperRobotWarsZ series'': Genion GAI creates explosions with this during Nibelung Annihilation, akin to Zeorymer causing explosions.
* Master Hand in ''VideoGame/SuperSmashBros For Wii U & 3DS'' has one. It's a weak attack by itself, but if you don't guard it on the ground, you ''will'' be [[CirclingBirdies dazed]].
* ''VideoGame/{{Bioshock}}'': [[PlayingWithFire Incinerate is cast in this manner:]] the fact one can do this is actually used as in-game advertisement for the plasmid. Considering Subject Delta in the [[VideoGame/Bioshock2 sequel]] can use it with a simple wave of his hand, this hints that the trope is actually exploited for RuleOfCool InUniverse.
* A few of ''VideoGame/GranblueFantasy'''s characters will do this for their [[LimitBreak Charge Attacks]] or regular attacks. For instance, if the PlayerCharacter is equipped with their racing skin, they will call their ride with a finger snap as a Charge Attack; Cagliostro, [[BreakoutCharacter one of the game's most popular characters]], will often accompany her skill casting and regular attacking with an initial finger snap.

[[folder:Web Comics]]
* In "Webcomic/{{Housepets}}" , this is how Pete warps reality.
* ''Webcomic/QuestionableContent'': How [[spoiler:Spookybot]] starts the torture of [[spoiler:Corpse Witch]], as seen [[http://www.questionablecontent.net/view.php?comic=3413 here]].

[[folder:Web Original]]
* Naturally, the good folks at ''WebVideo/AssistMe'' [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iiX4di8sR4w&t=1m53s had some fun]] with the Doctor Doom example on ''VideoGame/MarvelVsCapcom3''.
-->'''Max:''' By the way, what's with all the finger-snapping?\\
'''Doom:''' [[ThirdPersonPerson Doom]] doesn't know how it works, but if [[ThirdPersonPerson Doom]] wants something, [[ThirdPersonPerson Doom]] just snaps his fingers. *SNAP* Hundreds of missiles, *SNAP* a comfortable chair, *SNAP* a human-sized blender, *SNAP* a ''delicious'' mojito... ''[which then magically appears]''\\
'''Max:''' Hey, can I have one?\\
'''Doom:''' [[BigNo NO!]] It ''only'' works for DOOM! ''[sip]''

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' :
** As part of the ActorAllusion to Q, Discord sometimes snaps his fingers whenever he warps reality. It's worth noting that this is one show where one could count the characters actually ''having'' fingers to snap... on the fingers of one hand. Creator/LaurenFaust's notes on him claim that she "cheated" a more expressive arms/legs combination out of the original dragonlike design. Another interesting note is that he can also do this with the fluffy "brush" at the tip of his tail.
** In the Season 4 finale, Lord Tirek -- after [[spoiler:subjecting the aforementioned Discord to a ManaDrain in order to gain his power]] -- eventually does one to [[spoiler:imprison Twilight's friends (and even Discord himself) in magical spheres]], likely as a mockery.
* Jinx from ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitans'' uses this to activate her bad luck powers.
* In one episode of ''WesternAnimation/CatDog'', a gopher did this to order a pack of vicious worms to devour their stolen property.
* This is how genies grant wishes in ''WesternAnimation/TheFairlyOddParents''.
* In an episode of ''WesternAnimation/TheAmazingWorldOfGumball'', Nicole Watterson does this to stop the chaos in her house after it has been taken over. After a psionic wave passes from the snap, she has everyone's attention and proceeds to give them a scary ultimatum which they all follow without question.
* Bill Cipher from ''WesternAnimation/GravityFalls'' has been known to use this...with frightening results.
* At one point in ''WesternAnimation/TheAdventuresOfPussInBoots'', Puss strikes a thief with a headbutt, walks away and then snaps his fingers the moment the dazed thief passes out.
* WesternAnimation/{{Beetlejuice}} sometimes does this before magic happens, but it's optional for him.