-> ''I raised my left hand in the air as I turned away, focused once more on my destination, and [[BadassFingersnap 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 [[StormOfBlades a rain of silver flung itself down upon my foes.]]''
->-- FanFic/TheHillOfSwords, during the FinalBattle.

When a character need 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 "get me something to drink?"

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[[folder:Anime and 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]]'', [[BiggerBad 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.
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[[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.
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[[folder:Fanfic]]
* ''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.
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[[folder:Film]]
* 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]].
* Pixar's ''WesternAnimation/ABugsLife''. Hopper does this with all four of his hands when he's commanding Thumper.
* 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'')
* Used by Lumina in ''WesternAnimation/BarbieThePearlPrincess''.
* 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."
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[[folder:Literature]]
* 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 the ''Literature/MortalInstruments'' novel ''City of Ashes'', 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.
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[[folder:Live Action TV]]
* In ''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 and several times as 11.
* On ''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.
* In one episode of ''Series/BurnNotice'', Michael Weston 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 an still 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.
* ''Series/HappyDays'': The Fonz.
* ''{{Series/Supernatural}}'': the Trickster/Gabriel, as well as Crowley's ability to make people explode with a finger snap.
* In ''Series/ZyudenSentaiKyoryuger'', Torin has a regular finger snap as his CharacterTic; it becomes this after he upgrades from TheObiWan to [[SixthRanger Tenth Ranger]] Kyoryu Silver.
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[[folder:Music]]
* 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.]]'
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[[folder:Tabletop RPG]]
* ''TabletopGame/{{Hackmaster}} Basic/Advanced''. A mage can cancel any spell they've cast by snapping their fingers (Dismiss Enchantment spell, ''ComicStrip/KnightsOfTheDinnerTable'' #146).
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[[folder:Video Games]]
* In ''VideoGame/KingdomHeartsII'', Sax 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 ''{{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 ForMassiveDamage. 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.
* [[SelfDemonstrating/DoctorDoom Dr. 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]].
** Naturally, the good folks at ''WebVideo/AssistMe'' [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iiX4di8sR4w&t=1m53s had some fun]] with this one.
-->'''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*
* ''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.
* 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.
* 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/DevilMayCry 4'' 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.
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[[folder:Western Animation]]
* 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.
* As part of the ActorAllusion to Q, Discord of ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' 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. 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.
* 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''.
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