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->'''Vesper Lynd:''' If the only thing left of you was your smile and your little finger, you'd still be more of a man than anyone I've ever known.\\
'''Film/JamesBond:''' That's because [[DoubleEntendre you know what I can do with my little finger.]]
-->-- ''Film/CasinoRoyale''

The best way to show the amazing power of a character? Simple, have them do something incredible without any effort at all. Give them the power to move mountains, even planets, and thus have them show this power by doing what the heroes (and the audience) would find amazing without even lifting a finger. Or better yet, ''just'' a finger.

The trope is named by ProfessionalWrestling fans after what was the so-called "main event" between [[Wrestling/HulkHogan "Hollywood" Hulk Hogan]] and [[http://www.wrestling-titles.com/wcw/wcw-h.html WCW World Heavyweight Champion]] Wrestling/KevinNash on the January 4, 1999 episode of ''Wrestling/WCWMondayNitro''.

This tends to accompany the practical demonstration of TheLawOfDiminishingDefensiveEffort. The first or second cousin of TheWorfEffect. For a move that is genuinely weak but is still effective, see CherryTapping. If you [[PokeThePoodle poked the poodle]] with doom, you have probably [[KickTheDog kicked the dog]]. See also TouchOfDeath and FingerGun.

Use of this is generally considered bad writing in professional wrestling (see WCW below).

For the inversion of this, see FakeSpecialAttack. Not to be confused with GivingSomeoneThePointerFinger.

The next step up is ThoughtControlledPower where you don't even need to ''move at all'' to smack somebody around.

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* ''Manga/FistOfTheNorthStar''
** Kenshiro, the big-eyebrowed hero, is in the habit of [[YourHeadASplode making bad guys' heads explode]] by poking them with his finger. He often heightens the effect by ceremonially cracking his knuckles first. In this case it's all a matter of ''[[PressurePoint where]]'' you poke them.
** Let's not forget Shin and his favorite execution method: effortlessly pushing a single finger directly through a man's chest. This is how Kenshiro got his scars.
** Rei doesn't poke people to death, but he does nearly the same thing by slashing men in half with his fingertips. He is (somehow) able to create a cutting force at his finger's edges. His style happens to be related to Shin's, which is why they both have bare hands able to cut stuff they normally wouldn't.
** Yuda, whose Nanto style is related Rei's and Shin's, actually topped them: he usually does the slashing people in half with his fingertips thing, but he once slashed in ''perfectly symmetrical halves'' an henchman who had [[YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness completed his job]] by ''poking the air in front of said henchman''. The cut started from the back.
** Raoh's version is the probably the most brutal -- which is saying something, considering how violent the series is. Namely, [[spoiler:he dooms Rei]] by striking a point on his chest with a single finger, causing the character in question to die a slow, agonizing death over the course of three long days.
* Very many examples in ''Anime/DragonBallZ''.
** There's Mercenary Tao killing the one-time [[TheDragon Dragon]] of the Red Ribbon Army with only his tongue (don't ask).
** Freeza blowing up a henchman and a very wide area by only blinking.
** Vegeta demonstrating his newfound power killing his once rival Kiwi by essentially pointing at him... the list goes on...
** The very first Fingerpoke of Doom in the entire series belongs to Goku: when competing with Oolong (who was turned into a mecha) over breaking a stack of bricks, Goku breaks the stack... with his index finger. At age ''twelve''.
** The best example being where Nappa and Vegeta land on Earth, and, to cement their status as powerful enemies, Nappa blows up an entire city, by only lifting two fingers, and somewhat casually at that (an attack later monikered Giant Storm).
** There's also the [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gvDbXGV2sgk Punching Machine]] in the [[KillEmAll Majin Buu Saga]], where the heroes show world-record-breaking strength, by ''casually jabbing'' the punch machine. Vegeta, who does not bother with this the first time around, shows ''why'' they had to do that. (Hint: You're trying ''not'' to break the machine.)
** Used to demonstrate the results of Son Goku's TrainingFromHell all the way back in ''DragonBall''. In the "Strongest Under the Heavens" Tournament, his first opponent is a massive wrestler. He nips between his legs and playfully taps him on the leg with a finger... which knocks him out of the ring.
** Also used when Future Trunks first shows up, and challenges Goku to see how strong he is. As Trunks is swinging away with his sword, Goku effortlessly parries each strike with his index finger.
** Also, Future Trunks killing Frieza with his sword in about ten seconds, doing what Goku had spent about [[ArcFatigue fifty episodes]] trying to do, with zero effort.
** And then there's Frieza forming and unleashing an all-encompassing supernova that destroys Goku's father, Planet Vegeta, all Saiyans minus four (eight, if the ''DragonBall'' movies and specials are counted), and a good horde of his own soldiers... all the while sitting and laughing in his hover-chair, using only his index finger.
** In fact, Frieza, specially in his comparatively overwhelmingly strong first and final forms, does most of his business this way. The most striking one is when he points at Gohan, Vegeta kicks Gohan out of where he was standing, and next thing seen, is that the mountain that stood a long way behind Gohan had been replaced with a mushroom cloud. Then there's his signature Death Beam, a thin, needle-sharp laser fired from his index finger that can cut a nice neat hole straight through people, specifically Vegeta and Piccolo.
** [[spoiler:Beers from the latest film, Battle of Gods, sends Super Saiyan 3 Goku flying by flicking him in the forehead, and later knocks out Vegeta with a TapOnTheHead.]]
* Seras from ''Manga/{{Hellsing}}'' politely demonstrated the fact that she was a vampire to Pip Bernadette by poking and flicking him during their first meeting. Being a vampire in the ''Hellsing'' universe means you have SuperStrength, and being poked by a vampire as a mere human is quite damaging.
* ''Manga/{{Bleach}}''
** Shunsui performs this on [[spoiler: Chad]] during the Soul Society arc, after batting aside his enemies' first attack and dodging the rest whilst drinking. When [[spoiler: Chad]] tries to keep fighting despite the difference in their strength, Shunsui draws his swords to cut him down.
** [[spoiler:Aizen]] blocks an attack by bankai-state Ichigo with a single finger. It's part of the reason fans refer to him as Captain Superman.
** To a lesser extent, Ulqiuorra seems bored in almost all of his fights and even puts less effort in all his fights than the stronger Espada. [[spoiler: It's explained later, as he's meant to be a kind of avatar of nihilism.]] In his fight with Ichigo, he blocks Ichigo's Getsuga with just one hand. HilarityEnsues (sort of) when [[spoiler: Ichigo goes into Resureccion Mode and blocks Ulquiorra's strongest attack with one hand]].
** [[spoiler: Isshin]] flicks [[spoiler: Aizen]] through several buildings by basically giving him the finger in chapter 398.
** Anime-only villain Jin Kariya is capable of completely immobilizing enemies simply by pressing his finger on their foreheads.
** Yammy attacks Orihime in chapter 192 with this trope.
** Soifon's Shikai is almost like a dart that's worn on her finger. Two hits in the exact same location, and the target will instantly die.
** [[spoiler:Bazz-B]] has fire-based powers and he's strong that he can [[spoiler:melt Hitsugaya's ice]] with just a finger. He also inflicts him a fatal wound with two fingers while creating a big explosion. With three fingers, he can melt the ground into lava. With four fingers, he makes a massive FlamingSword.
** Kenpachi can slice a building in half with a flick of his sword arm.
* ''Manga/{{Naruto}}''
** Tsunade beats Naruto twice using just a flick of her fingers. [[PunchedAcrossTheRoom Which sends him flying through the air.]]
*** It may have been a filler, but scary all the same: There's two ''massive'' escaped prisoners who can practically shrug off being held by both a bulked-up guy, physical shadows, and even mind control by using just sheer ''muscle''. Tsunade shows up, and these two ''cower''; she then does the same finger-flick to ''launch'' them a fair distance and they scamper back to prison. Cue a priceless amazed expression from Ino-Shika-Chou...
*** In one episode of the anime, Tsunade literally breaks the ground into little tiny pieces by simply ''tapping it with her heel!''
** Kakashi has a ''literal'' [[AssShove Finger Poke of Doom]] with his taijutsu technique, One Thousand Years of Death/Pain.
** The Hyuga clan's Jyuuken (Gentle Fist) Style consists solely of this, being based on seemingly weak attacks that do no external damage and instead target the internal organs directly, such as when Hiashi killed a Kumo-nin kidnapper with a simple jab at the heart. There's no training to toughen up the ''inside'' of your body.
** The Third Raikage: ''Hell Stab: Four-Finger Crossbeam Hand''!
** The [[spoiler:Juubi]] flicked away a fully-powered [[spoiler:Tailed Beast Bomb]] with one finger.
** Fans parody Itachi's poke to Sasuke's forehead.
* Quite a few alchemists from ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist'' fit this one.
** Like Roy Mustang, who can create huge fireballs just by snapping his fingers. His gloves are made of a material that, when rubbed together, acts like a match on abrasive, thus requiring the motion to get a spark he can manipulate.
** Father taking away the ability of people to perform alchemy simply by stamping his foot. Not to mention firing gigantic energy blasts by tapping his finger once he [[spoiler:obtains God]].
** In the 2003 series, a Finger Poke Of Doom was used by the deranged State Alchemist Kimblee to give Scar his eponymous injury.
** And of course, taken quite literally with Lust. Her nickname of "Ultimate Spear" comes from her ability to extend and retract her [[AbsurdlySharpBlade Absurdly Sharp Fingers]] to incredible lengths in less than a second. In the first anime, she can use the ability to fool a crowd into thinking someone was shot.
* ''Manga/RurouniKenshin''
** At the very end of the series, we know that Yahiko has become a certified {{badass}} since he's become capable of blocking a blade with two fingers. Note that this overlaps somewhat with BarehandedBladeBlock, but is much more badass, and is likely to generate an OhCrap response from the one about to get their ass handed to them.
** And let's not forget Sano's original entrance in the manga. He enters a bar brawl with someone twice his size, and knocks him flying several feet by flicking him in the forehead.
** There's also the fingerpoke version of the Futae no Kawami, which can shatter rocks (and everything else).
* ''Manga/YuYuHakusho''
** When [[spoiler: Sensui's "true" personality, Shinobu,]] arrives, the first thing he does is shake Yusuke's hand... which '''snaps''' his arm in two.
** Yusuke gets one himself later, when two fighters charge at him and he blocks their flurry of attacks using one finger each.
** Also, Younger Toguro gets a lot of these, showing that he had strength beyond any of the characters thus far. The best example was when he took off the whole top half of a corrupt businessman's head by flicking him.
* ''LightNovel/{{Slayers}}''
** Xellos from ''Slayers Next'' destroys a small army of dragons by sticking out his finger and sweeping it in a sort of lazy arc, with his [[EyesAlwaysShut eyes closed]].
** Hellmaster Phibrizzo kills [[spoiler: Gaav, who Lina couldn't stop even with the Ragna Blade]], by ''snapping his fingers''.
** In the original novels, he vaporizes [[spoiler: Gaav]] with just a ''smile''.
* ''Manga/OnePiece''
** The Cipher Pol 9 agents literally have a Finger Poke of Doom in their ''Shigan'' technique, in which what looks like a harmless poke actually carries the strength of a gunshot.
** More recently and in the same vein, Emporio Ivankov has shown off his "[[MundaneMadeAwesome Death Wink]]!"
* ''Anime/ProjectAKo'''s A-Ko often does this ''by accident''.
* Satan from ''Manga/ShinaDark'' does this to the first Hero group that shows up. He stops the mages by feeding them in mid battle and proceeds to flick the swordsman in the middle of the forehead. Which of course sends said swordsman spiraling through the air.
* The [[FanNickname White Devil]] training incident in ''Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanohaStrikerS''. It starts with Nanoha catching Subaru's PowerFist and Teana's LaserBlade [[BarehandedBladeBlock using one bare hand each]]. It ends with Nanoha using a single finger to cast [[spoiler: one of Teana's spells to knock her out with]] without the help of [[MagicWand Raising Heart]].
* [[EldritchAbomination Asura]] introduces himself this way in ''Manga/SoulEater'', in the absolute creepiest way imaginable.
* ''Manga/RanmaOneHalf''
** The "Bakusai Tenketsu" (or Breaking Point) technique. Ryōga learns this technique which lets him poke his finger into an object -- even solid rock -- and make it explode into thousands of little shards. [[spoiler:Until he discovered that it ''only worked on'' rocks -- the technique was designed for work in quarries, but can be [[TricksterMentor re-purposed]] for NighInvulnerability training --]] Ranma was afraid that he'd be shattered by Ryōga.
** [[OldMaster Cologne]] can also use this move. In fact, in the anime at least, she's also shown to be able to use it on steel (she catches a falling I-beam on the tip of her staff after landing in a construction sight, causing it to ''disintegrate'') and wood. In a lesser version of this trope, she's also implied to have a number of PressurePoint techniques with nasty effects; she's shown to have a move that renders the victim so sensitive to heat that tepid water feels boiling hot, and where might Shampoo have learned the [[LaserGuidedAmnesia Xi Fa Xiang Gao]] technique from?
** Speaking of Shampoo, she also knows a lesser version of the Bakusai Tenketsu... which explodes the content of take-out boxes by jabbing a fingertip at the box.
** Ryōga destroys wood too in the manga arc where he and Ranma become babies.
* The eponymous Ran of ''Anime/KazemakaseTsukikageRan'' delivers the dreaded finger flick to a mook whom's she's dragging around by his head, after effortlessly dispatching about half a dozen of his buddies with her bare hands and without even looking at them -- [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome all the while]] [[ExcuseMeWhileIMultitask casually talking to her sidekick]].
* ''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima''
** In the first anime adaptation of ''Mahou Sensei Negima, Negima!'', ActionGirl Ku Fei demonstrates her bookcase-destroying forehead flick, or "dekopin", in the Library Island mini-arc, much to the horror of the other girls. [[HugeSchoolgirl Ninja classmate Kaede]] can do it too.
** In the manga, Jack Rakan accidentally blows up a mountain. After that, Negi is understandably freaked out by the prospect of having to fight him. And rightly so. [[spoiler:During the fight, Jack actually uses the mountain-destroying attack on Negi. Ouch.]]
** At the end of the Kyoto Arc, [[spoiler:Evangeline shows up to [[BigDamnHeroes save the heroes]] from a giant demon by blasting it with a superpowerful spell... which she activates by snapping her fingers.]]
** Also when Chachamaru repeatedly flicks Negi to interfere with his spellcasting. Or pulls his face into funny faces or pokes him or... well anyway, she doesn't like outright violence much. Also, the point was to keep Negi from casting, as each attack breaks his concentration. This illustrates just how weak a spellcaster is without a partner.
** [[spoiler:Negi himself did this to Sextum, destroying her barrier... [[ClothingDamage and her clothes]].]]
* In ''Anime/DarkerThanBlack'', Wei activates his BloodyMurder powers by snapping his fingers.
* In ''Manga/GreatTeacherOnizuka'', the manga, Onizuka flicks a massive guy ''across the room''. [[BadAss Then he proceeds to Arm-wrestle a hundred people in a row...]]
* ''Manga/TekkenChinmi''
** There's a very weird symbiosis with GivingSomeoneThePointerFinger: Ryukai's Spirit Attack allows him to control a person's body from a distance, just by pointing at them. Another example closer to this trope is when one of Chinmi's mentors teaches him how to focus his qi into his fingertips, enough to flip off a ''[[BearsAreBadNews bear]]''.
** Earlier, Chinmi also ran into a hitman enemy whose specialty is finger-poking one's pressure point to the point of stunning the enemy. Chinmi got his ass kicked because of it, but eventually managed to come up with the counter by learning to make his body MadeOfIron.
* ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}''
** Mewtwo. At the beginning of ''Anime/PokemonTheFirstMovie'', he opens his eyes, shattering the containment unit he was in, after listening to the scientists. He becomes enraged as he is [[CloningBlues just an experiment]], so he clenches his fists and thus destroys the entire laboratory he and the scientists are in. He then finishes the job by turning his head three times. Other examples: Nonchalantly waving his hand to create a deadly storm, blasting a Gyarados and its Trainer to the opposite wall by raising his arm, and releasing Nurse Joy by snapping his fingers.
** There's also the anime episode "A Marathon Rivalry", where Team Rocket is able to take down Ash's Staraptor by using mechanical hands hidden in the balloon's basket to poke it repeatedly and forcefully until Staraptor fainted.
** As early as the third episode, after Team Rocket defeats two of his Pokémon, Ash tries to attack the pair himself. After holding him AtArmsLength, James beats him with a flick of his finger.
* ''Anime/DigimonAdventure'': Myotismon doesn't even need to poke. He can, among other things, block a head-on charge from a Digimon the same level as him and about five times his size by ''pointing at him''. Similarly, there is an instance where he repels multiple projectile-based attacks (which were launched from several Digimon simultaneously) just by ''blowing'' at them.
* Once he gets a bit of a rein on his anger, ''LightNovel/{{Durarara}}'''s Shizuo Heiwajima starts responding to mildly annoying people by merely flicking them in the forehead (as opposed to his previous method of sending them flying over a city block). Of course, with Shizuo being [[WorldsStrongestMan Shizuo]], this still feels to the victims like someone smacked them in the face with a baseball bat.
* ''LightNovel/FateZero'''s Iskander casually flicks Waver on the forehead whenever he wishes to dismiss him, knocking him back several feet.
* [[PsychoForHire Gauron]] of ''LightNovel/FullMetalPanic'' pulls this off in one of his most infamous scenes, telekinetically ripping apart a HumongousMecha by "firing" a FingerGun at it.
* ''Manga/{{Eyeshield 21}}''
** Gaou, who raises a bruise on the opposing team's quarterback by managing to reach him with his little finger. The bruise is about two inches in diameter.
** Then Mr. Don appears, and he managed to put Gaou out of commission with one strike. ''While weakened.''
* ''LightNovel/ACertainMagicalIndex'': Accelerator's ability to control vectors lets him pulverize objects as hard as concrete or metal by lightly touching it. The same can be applied to humans...
* Tsukune Aono's "sensing supernatural energy" lesson in ''Manga/RosarioToVampire'' puts him on the receiving end of one of these from [[SuperPoweredEvilSide Inner Moka]].
-->'''Tsukune:''' (''eyes closed'') What's this...? I closed my eyes and sense some kind of glow in front of me. I can ''feel'' it...! And... It's coming ''closer!'' What could it... (''opens eyes; Inner Moka is standing in front of him, fingers poised'') [[OhCrap ...be...]]\\
'''Moka:''' (''tropes'')\\
'''Tsukune:''' (''colliding with the white background on the other end of the panel'') [[{{Angrish}} Urrrrgh!]]
* In ''Anime/KillLaKill'', Nui Harime is so absurdly powerful that she can casually destroy a [[TheWorfEffect Three-Star Goku Uniform (that previously demolished the main protagonist)]] with her pinky. Goku Uniforms are made of Life Fibers, which are supposed to be nigh-indestructible except against the Scissor Blade and other special swords. Justified, since Nui's position as Grand Couturier means she knows how to [[AttackItsWeakPoint attack the most important thread of Goku Uniforms]] ForMassiveDamage.
* In Part II of ''Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventure'', the Pillar Man Wham takes out an entire team of Nazis this way. First he uses his powers to [[BodyHorror fuse the Nazis' hands together.]] After they are all stuck together, Wham pokes a finger into the Nazi officer's forehead. In an instant, he absorbs all of the Nazis' flesh at once, leaving a pile of joined husks.
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[[folder:Comic Books]]
* Subverted nastily in ''ComicBook/RisingStars'' when a bunch of the Specials are being apprehended by the ATF. One of specials points his finger ''meaning to do absolutely nothing'', except say "You can't do this!". Unfortunately, the ATF guys have been working themselves into a lather of panic on the way to the Specials' hideaway, so with a terrified scream of "[[ShootHimHeHasAWallet He's POINTING! HE'S GONNA DO SOMETHING!]]", they [[DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything open fire and slaughter a bunch of the Specials.]] The deaths of so many Specials powers up the rest of them higher than they had been before and a massacre commences. [[DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything Afterwords, the ATF tells news reporters that the flashes of gunfire are really sunspots.]]
* ''Comicbook/{{Watchmen}}'': Dr. Manhattan. At one point teleports an entire mob of people with barely any effort at all. Even more impressive is that he teleported each of them to their homes. At the same time.
* In one MarvelUniverse fight between {{Thor}} and IronMan, it took five pages and about 20 seconds of in-universe time for the fight to be over. However, the Spit You to Death, similar to this trope, came when Iron Man flew straight at him with great speed, and Thor simply stuck out his hammer, not even flinching as Tony was deflected into some power lines.
* During the Mr. Fixit storyline, the Grey [[Comicbook/IncredibleHulk Hulk]] (almost as strong as green, as smart as Banner, and totally amoral) gave a human opponent "da Finger". A finger thump to the forhead knocking him out.
** While it happened off-panel, later during the Merged Hulk period he says to the Punisher, "If I had used two fingers instead of one, you'd still be out cold."
** In one issue of Spider-Man, a near death Dr Octopus was contemplating all the injuries he'd received over the years, most of which involved getting decked by Spider-Man, but one seen of the flashback montage showed Mr. Fixit casually flicking Dr Octopus with one finger. Doc Ock's comment during that panel suggested it was one of the worst injuries he'd ever received.
* In ''{{Firebreather}}'', Duncan gets revenge on a bully by breaking his nose by flicking a ball away with his finger during phys ed.
* Also in the MarvelUniverse, [[TheInhumans Black Bolt]] is BlessedWithSuck in that his whispers can level mountains.
* ''Franchise/SpiderMan''
** Spider-Man once defeated dimwitted villain The Walrus with a flick of his fingers. To be fair, Spidey was showing off in front of TV cameras because the Walrus had humiliated him earlier, sucker-punching him while he was helpless because of laughter, [[http://superdickery.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&catid=36%3Astupor-powers-index&id=705%3Awalrus-man&Itemid=38 after hearing that:]]
-->'''The Walrus:''' Yeah, well -- Don't underestimate ME, pal! For your information, I've got the proportionate speed, strength and agility of a WALRUS!
** This is Miles Morales', the second ComicBook/UltimateSpiderman's, specialty. He has a time-delayed stunning power that works by touch, which he usually uses by poking his enemy with his index and middle finger. It tends to be pretty humorous because Miles will switch from trading blows with a super-powered villain to suddenly and delicately touching him with two fingers and watching him have a seizure.
* Used in the ''UncleScrooge'' comic "Cash Flow" after the Beagle Boys have been zapped by an anti-friction ray and an anti-inertia ray -- one flick from his fingers sends them sliding all the way back to the prison.
* When {{Thanos}} was in possession of the InfinityGauntlet, he was able to [[spoiler:erase half the sentient life in the universe]] by snapping his fingers...which isn't all that easy in the first place, you try snapping your fingers with gloves on!
** He also does this in effect to each of the individual heroes(and Dr. Doom) sent to [[spoiler:distract & occupy]] him in the main battle, shrinking the Hulk, turning Wolverine's adamantium skeleton to "spongy rubber", smashing Thor into glass, etc. Perrenial [[ButtMonkey Butt Monkey]] Quasar doesn't even get an attack in before his patented Quantum Bands are exploded while making an unfulfilled [[BadassBoast Badass Boast]].
*** To their credit though, each of the heroes' attacks would have been a Killing Blow on anyone else...and is said so in the comic(when else have you actually *seen* Wolverine graphically stab someone through the chest in full view of the camera?).
** Thanos finally casually flicks Captain America, the last man standing in The Infinity Gauntlet, with his wrist after destroying his shield, saying: "What have I been doing? Must have been out of my mind..."
* ''TheSavageDragon''. The hero kills a bad guy by biting off his finger and spitting it through the evil man's brain.
* ''DC Comics'' vampires can somehow burst a man's jugular by a snap of the fingers.
* It can be real doom if Superman isn't careful. During a fight with the Weaponsmaster he becomes ill. He warns his opponent that due to being rattled from illness a casual blow could shatter a villain's skull.
* ''ComicBook/DungeonTheEarlyYears'': Herbert de Vaucanson [[CharlesAtlasSuperpower learn to do it through training]]. In his case, fingerpoking with one of his feathers (Herbert is a duck) ''flay the target's skin''.
** Due to becoming the bearer of the [[CursedWithAwesome Sword of Destiny]] but being [[YouAreNotWorthy unfit at first to wield it,]] Herbert was unable to use any weapon. Thus, his [[TheObiWan master]] trained him to use ordinary objects that were beneath the Sword's notice, such as sticks and feathers. The feather [[AwesomeButImpractical took a long time to figure out,]] but once he [[ChunkySalsa mastered it,]] one of the other characters pointed out that Herbert - as a duck - was ''covered'' with feathers. Unfortunately (or fortunately from the point of view of the writers), he soon discovered that his super-powerful attack had [[WeaksauceWeakness certain limitations.]]
* Quoth {{Bamse}} to two gorillas he just had made fly across a jungle clearing: "I just poked you with a finger. Now please calm down, or I'll have to poke you with ''two'' fingers''."
* In the ''{{New 52}}'' book detailing the origin of the [[JusticeLeagueOfAmerica Justice League]], Batman and Green Lantern have found some alien technology left by a parademon. Superman is the only alien they know of, so they go to Metropolis to question him. Having been in a battle, he thinks they are enemies and [[LetsYouAndHimFight fights them]], so GL calls in his buddy the Flash to help. While dodging all of Superman's punches, Flash is boasting that he's never been touched. But the next swing barely misses, and Flash suddenly looks worried - then Superman extends his index finger, flicking Flash. Next panel, Flash is on [[PunchedAcrossTheRoom the other side of the block]].
-->He actually ''hit'' me. Ow.
* Kiden Nixon of ''ComicBook/{{NYX}}'' has time manipulation powers that effectively give her SuperSpeed (it's complicated: Time in her bubble flows normally from her perspective and she's able to move normally, but everything else slows down. She doesn't need to eat or sleep, but her hair grows at its normal rate, and when she spent ''half a year'' in her "accelerated" state, [[YearInsideHourOutside only a few days passed for everyone else]]). Even ''light'' contact with another person can break bones or cause serious injury (lightly poking her high school bully, Hector's, arm in such a state snapped it like a twig). In the finale she was tempted to see what actually hauling off and slugging the BigBad with her full strength could do, but declined the opportunity to save her teacher from falling to her death. Considering what she did to Hector with just a poke, it probably wouldn't have been pretty.
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[[folder:FanFiction]]
* ''[[{{FanFic/Gather}} Gather]]'' features this as Taylor's ultimate attack. As part of her AU powerset she can insantly kill any parahuman she makes skin contact with, [[PowerCopying stealing their powers]] and [[MookMaker turning them into a nearly indestructable minion]].
* In ''FanFic/OriginStory'', Alex Harris (a Kryptonian trapped in the Franchise/MarvelUniverse), thumps several mooks into unconciousness, and during her RoaringRampageOfRevenge against the ComicBook/{{Thunderbolts}}, she takes out Songbird by jamming her index finger through the supervillain's larynx.
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[[folder:Films -- Animation]]
* In ''HulkVs'', Loki unleashes the Hulk from Bruce Banner by lightly "bitch slapping" Banner, which is powerful enough to throw Banner across the room. Justified since Loki's a god and Banner's a physical weakling.
* ''WesternAnimation/KungFuPanda''
** The Wuxi Finger Hold. [[TheUnreveal We never actually see]] what happens when you flex the pinky, but judging from the devastation in the finale, [[DistantReactionShot it must have been really something.]]
-->"You know what the hardest part is? The hardest part is cleaning up afterwards."
** There's also the "Nerve Strike" which can cause paralysis or possibly even death.
* Parodied in ''WesternAnimation/{{Ratatouille}}'', where the chef Horst reportedly killed someone with his thumb.
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[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* In ''Film/KillBill'', we have the Five Point Palm Exploding Heart Technique, which [[spoiler:the Bride uses to finish off Bill in Vol. 2's climax.]]
* ''StarWars''
** Darth Vader strangling people with only a tightening of his hand.
** And when Vader chokes Admiral Ozzel to death across a television screen, and a presumably long distance (they ''were'' on the same ship, but said ship is ten miles long).
** And, the scene in ''TheEmpireStrikesBack'' where he blocks Han's blaster shots with only his hand.
** As he enters Jabba's palace, Luke waves his hand backwards and chokes two Gamorrean guards in ''ReturnOfTheJedi''.
** Yoda gets one too: In ''RevengeOfTheSith'', he enters Palpatine's throne room, and the two Imperial Guards move to stop him. Yoda casually ''waves his hand backwards'' and they are thrown against the wall hard enough to instantly knock them out.
* ''Film/{{X-Men}}'' movies
** At the beginning of ''X2'', Pyro winks in order to turn a zippo flame into something that can engulf a man's arm.
** Magneto often does that kind of things during the course of the three movies. Most notably when at one point he send police cars flying around by essentialy raising his hand.
** ''Film/XMenFirstClass'':\\\
Sebastian Shaw in has this as a ''secondary'' ability - he absorbs energy from any attacks, then releases it into anyone he likes with a slight touch. Usually with a kablooey. In his final fight, he knocks Magneto around the room several times by tapping him.\\\
Emma Frost in diamond form gains diamond-sharp fingers.
* Neo as The One from ''Film/TheMatrix'' series can stop a hail of bullets simply by raising his hand.
* By the end of the film ''KungFuHustle'', the hero is capable of displaying examples of this trope.
* Mac has a Love Touch that works at close contact or from a distance in ''EarthGirlsAreEasy''. It is potent enough to pull up latent gay tendencies, and to make a man fall in love with a cat he loathed.
* In ''{{Hancock}}'', the title character manages to destroy a locomotive and derail a freight train merely by leaning into it slightly.
* In ''ThePresidio'', Sean Connery is such a {{Badass}} that he subdues a large biker dude with just his left thumb. The right one would have been just too much. He actually [[TryingToCatchMeFightingDirty uses both thumbs, and his foot.]] He was still fighting a guy twice his size while in a uniform not designed for ease of movement.
* Parodied multiple times in ''KungPow Enter The Fist''. At one point, TheChosenOne throws a punch that stops just short of the boards held out for him -- which he then blows away by extending his index finger. In the same sequence he performs pushups progressively with one hand, one finger, and ''breathing''. As the narrator remarks, "Give me some of what he's smoking!"
* In ''Film/{{Momentum}}'', one of the telekinetics kills a Federal agent with a NeckSnap by lightly waving his hand to the side from several feet away. Of course, manipulating far-away and/or heavy objects requires ''much'' greater concentration.
--> '''Adrian Geiger:''' Don't think you can. ''Know'' you can.
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[[folder:Literature]]
* In one of the ''HeraldsOfValdemar'' books, this is played with when a very powerful mage knows he could quiet a raging storm from the comfort of his chair with a few little hand motions, but opts to go the dramatic route, complete with flinging open the shutters and waving grandiosely, because he knows that the lesser mage watching him will be more impressed.
* The ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'s'' [[TheGrimReaper Death]] usually gets the effect he wants with a snap of his skeletal fingers. Occasionally he gestures or waves a hand, but he's no show-off. Except when the [[TheoryOfNarrativeCausality narrative]] requires it for a [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome CMOA.]]
* [[Literature/VorkosiganSaga Miles Vorkosigan]] demonstrates the power of a single finger to SuperSoldier Taura, by having her use just one finger to turn up the temperature settings on Baron Ryoval's genetic sample storage freezers, from deep freeze, to the "sterilize for cleaning" setting.
-->'''Miles:''' And the lesson is, it's not how much force you use. It's where you apply it.
* In the ''Literature/MediochreQSethSeries'', skilled necromancers can connect to someone's life force with a single touch. Very skilled necromancers can make this into a full-blown TouchOfDeath.
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[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'': Kendra is hypnotized and rendered helpless during her duel with Drusilla, who casually slits her throat with one fingernail.
* In ''[[Series/KamenRiderFaiz Kamen Rider 555]]'', villain Kitazaki is not only a badass fighter, but also has the ability to turn everything and everyone he touches into ash.
* Sylar from ''Series/{{Heroes}}'' is fond of this. At one point he stands right in the path of an armored truck, and flicks his fingers. It flips spectacularly end over end. Not to mention his preferred method of stealing powers: pointing his finger to slice their skull open with telekinesis.
* Elliott from ''Series/{{Scrubs}}'' once sent J.D. across the room just by poking him, demonstrating that she has the finger strength of a rock-climbing jazz pianist.
* Q from ''Franchise/StarTrek'' usually preface their godlike powers with something innocuous like a snap of the fingers or a random shaking of a hand.
** The Vulcan nerve pinch. To be fair, it looks easy when Spock does it, but Vulcans are ~3x as strong as humans.
* ''HappyDays'': What ''couldn't'' Fonzie do with a snap of his fingers?
* In the ''Series/DoctorWho'' serial ''Survival'', Sergeant Patterson is constantly banging on about his self-defence classes, and at one point calls after the Doctor: "One finger can be a deadly weapon!" Later on, the Doctor subdues him by tapping his forehead with, yes, one finger.
* Deliberately invoked by Michael Weston for the cover identity "[[LouisCypher Louis]]" in ''BurnNotice''. Sure, it takes advance planning and careful timing, but when he blows stuff up with a finger snap, he goes from kook in a fancy suit to terrifying quasi-supernatural figure.
* In ''Series/TheAvengers'' episode "The Positive Negative Man", just a touch from the villain's finger can literally knock a person through a wall. [[spoiler:Of course, he's electrically charged.]]
* Played with in an episode of ''Series/TheMonkees'' when Peter seemingly knocks out the bad guys by "shooting" at them with his finger. They really just happened to pass out at the exact moment Peter did that (from a drugged drink), but because it's ''The Monkees'', it could have made perfect (non)sense even without the drink.
* In ''Series/LoisAndClark'', Franchise/{{Superman}} gets into a boxing match with a bio-engineered fighter. The fighter actually manages to hurt Superman with a barrage of punches, but Superman answers back with a finger-flick to the fighter's forehead, which knocks him out.
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[[folder:Professional Wrestling]]
* The [[TropeNamers trope namer]] comes from the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fingerpoke_of_Doom January 4, 1999 episode of]] ''Wrestling/WCWMondayNitro''. Wrestling/KevinNash -- former Wrestling/HulkHogan lackey, leader of the [=nWo=] Wolfpac, and current [[http://www.wrestling-titles.com/wcw/wcw-h.html WCW World Heavyweight Champion]] -- calls out the ([[TenMinuteRetirement allegedly]]) retired Hogan after Wrestling/{{Goldberg}} (Nash's scheduled challenger for the WCW Championship) is arrested earlier in the evening, and offers to put his belt on the line. Hogan (still ostensibly the leader of the [=nWo=] "Black and White" group) answers the challenge and comes down to the ring, the two have a tense staredown... and Hogan pokes Nash in the chest with his finger. Nash goes down like he'd been hit by a shotgun blast, and Hogan covers him for three. Hogan's the WCW Champion again, the [=nWo=] is whole once more, and the last six months of storylines are completely [[PlotTwist reversed]] -- which drove many of the fans nuts. Fingerpoke of Doom have since had strong negative connotations in ProfessionalWrestling.
** According to [[Wrestling/TheWrestlingObserverNewsletter Dave Meltzer]], the whole thing was part of a backstage "work" between Hogan and Nash where Nash would bury Hogan to the other wrestlers (who, like the viewerbase, were seeing Hogan as a CreatorsPet) to get him credibility backstage for taking over as booker, and in return Nash would lay down for Hogan.
** The ''[[Wrestling/{{WWERaw}} WWF Raw Is War]]'' that aired that night was pretaped. Tony Schiavone – on orders from {{Jerkass}} BadBoss Wrestling/EricBischoff – exposed that Wrestling/MickFoley was going to win the [[http://www.wrestling-titles.com/wwe/wwe-h.html WWF World Heavyweight Championship]] that night, on the assumption that knowing the results ahead of time would keep fans from tuning over to WWF. Instead, the fans flocked over to ''RAW'' because they wanted to see the popular Foley win the title. WCW's ratings never recovered. Following the Fingerpoke of Doom match, color commentators [[Wrestling/BobbyHeenan Bobby "The Brain" Heenan]] and Larry Zbyszko – both of them heel-leaning announcers – seemed legitimately confused as to what they thought was supposed to have happened, all while Schiavone (the face of the group) never missed a beat in describing the chaos in the ring.
** Also Foley won the title at the end of ''RAW'', roughly at 11 PM. The FPOD happened immediately ''after'' this, since ''Nitro'' ran for five minutes longer. So it ended up being that the fans saw their crowd favorite, Mick, win the title in one promotion, then immediately switched over to watch one of the craziest things to ever happen in a wrestling ring. It was largely considered an EpicFail of planning that convinced many that WCW was dying, if not dead. It also is the first example on the [[HoistByHisOwnPetard/ProfessionalWrestling Hoist By His Own Petard/Professional Wrestling]] page.
*** Given a nod in the WWE 2K12 game where Rey Mysterio does this to Kevin Nask as a [[HeelFaceTurn Heel Face Turn]] to win a title during a WCW invasion storyline. Better then what WWE [[TakeThat tried a decade prior.]]
* The above overshadows what is arguably the ''original'' "Fingerpoke of Doom" when Wrestling/ShawnMichaels lost the European title to Wrestling/TripleH in December 1997. It usually gets a pass for two reasons: 1. They had something that somewhat ''resembled'' a match and 2. It wasn't for the company's biggest title. The fact that it didn't make months worth of storylines moot and was played up like the joke that it was probably helped as well.
* A much older variation more inline with examples in other folders is to attempt a pin fall by simply placing a toe or finger on a downed wrestler's chest. This either shows the arrogance of the perpetrator, the lack of respect they have for the competition, the severity in which the downed athlete has been beaten, or both. These almost never work by the way.
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[[folder:Table Top Games]]
* In ''TableTopGame/VampireTheMasquerade'', there was actually a special Discipline ability for high-level Potence users called Flick, where with a casual touch -- a flick, a nudge, a gentle push -- you could send someone flying. It was noted to be useful in Elysiums where the rules against Discipline use were a bit lax, as it would be quite humiliating for the target.
* In ''TabletopGame/VampireTheRequiem'', the Spina bloodline has access to Courtoise, a power that, at high levels, allows them to inflict damage just by insulting the target.
* While spontaneous magic in ''TabletopGame/MageTheAwakening'' requires nothing but willpower, rote spells have special hand symbols called ''mudras'' that are required when cast. A casual tap on the nose might be the mudra for setting you on fire.
* In ''{{Rifts}}'' cyborgs can have a small laser installed int their pinky that does 1 point of Mega damage. This is enough to kill anyone who isn't wearing armor, though admittedly, so is a stiff breeze in that game.
* In "[[http://edenstudiosdiscussionboards.yuku.com/topic/4219/t/Heroes-and-Monsters-of-the-Millenium-1995-2005.html?page=1 Heroes and Monsters of the Millenium]]", a MegaCrossover conversion set for the ''Series/{{Angel}}'' RPG, the strongest listed attack, inflicting 3E12 damage (That's scientific notation there), is a finger-poke from Anime/TengenToppaGurrenLagann.
* ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'' has the Finger of Death spell, where [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin you point at someone and they die]].
** Somewhat hilariously animated in ''VideoGame/DungeonsAndDragonsOnline'', where a black hand appears above the target and pokes downward.
** The monk class, starting at Level 15, has the Quivering Palm class feature. It's a harmless touch attack that makes the victim drop dead if the monk wills it at any time within a certain time frame.
* In ''TabletopGame/{{Scion}}'', this effect is created by the Epic Strength knack "Making It Look Easy."
* The ''{{Champions}}'' splatbook ''The Ultimate Brick'', which explores the wonderful world of SuperStrength and how to use it, features two of these. One, the "Finger-Flick to the Forehead", is a massive attack that is limited to non-lethal damage, and guaranteed to render any non-NighInvulnerable foe unconscious. The second, named coincidentally the "Finger-Poke of Doom", is rather more messy, and consists of the [[SuperStrength super-strong]] character literally ramming one of his fingers into the chest of his opponent as if it were a knife blade.
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[[folder:Video Games]]
* ''{{Godhand}}'' employs this trope with the [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fBbpDRSalR4 Poke of God]], although you'll need to whittle an enemy's health to near nothing for it to work. Still, it can even make demons explode. Specifically, this move can ONLY be peformed on demons, WHEN they have only a sliver of life left, AND they are in dizzy status. So, technically, yes, any other move would kill them at this point too. On the other hand, the Poke of God is a guaranteed instant death attack and gives invulnerability frames like any other reaction command, so it's actually probably the best move to use IF you have somehow fulfilled the criteria for using it. The criteria for using it make the move generally AwesomeButImpractical, though.
* Subverted occasionally in ''VideoGame/{{Worms}}'': the "[[http://worms2d.info/Prod Prod]]" attack is reserved for [[CherryTapping the most humiliating defeats of all]]. (It deals no damage, and is reserved for pushing enemies off the edge of a cliff - something that most other weapons can do anyway.) But can also be modified in the weapons editor to force enemies through the sky with 100% damage in some games (''Armageddon'' for example).
* ''VideoGame/SuperSmashBros'' has a few instances of this. Jigglypuff possesses an attack called "Rest", which at first appears to be ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin, sending Jigglypuff to sleep and rendering it inert for several seconds. However, if initiated while the center of Jigglypuff's body is touching another character, it is an extremely potent attack.
** Peach can pull up turnips to throw around at things. Most of these are about effective a weapon as one would expect turnips to be. Occasionally, however, she will pull up an extremely potent turnip, or yet more rarely, a Bob-omb or a Beam Sword.
** Luigi's taunt, one of the few damaging ones in the game, does exactly 1% damage, with him doing a slow, bashful kick to the ground that knocks someone a fixed distance into the air, regardless of damage. If using it on someone holding onto a ledge, however, it becomes a potent (if impractical) MeteorMove. If otherwise combined with his [[LimitBreak Final]] [[MinusWorld Smash]], not only is the target helpless to react, but it will knock out just about anyone at very low percentages of damage.
** One of Master Hand's moves is a literal finger poke of doom. Granted, the finger in question is abnormally large.
* Each class in ''VideoGame/TeamFortress2'' has several seemingly harmless taunt moves, at least one of which causes instant death if it's aimed perfectly. The Pyro, for example, can do a mini-KamehameHadoken, producing a tiny fireball, which incinerates you if you're right in front of him (but otherwise does nothing). The Heavy has a literal Fingerpoke Of Doom: by miming a QuickDraw shot with his fingers, he can make an enemy drop dead from a good distance away.
** Another example could be the Spy's butterfly knife, which is the weakest default melee weapon... unless you are attacking from behind, in which case it gives an [[BackStab instant kill]].
* In the final battle of ''{{Persona 3}}'' the main character, [[spoiler:after being blasted repeatedly with the very essence of Death, heals himself with The Power of Friendship and raises his index finger to seal away the physical incarnation of the end of the world.]]
** Let's not forget ''VideoGame/{{Persona 4}}''. The main character [[spoiler:defeats Izanami-no-Okami]] by summoning Izanagi-no-Okami -- [[spoiler:her HUSBAND!]] How does he do this? After crushing his tarot card, he raises a single finger. When Izanagi-no-Okami appears, he simply points at [[spoiler:Izanami-no-Okami]]. [[EarthShatteringKaboom Everything dies.]]
* ''StreetFighter''
** Normally, Sakura has the CherryTapping version this as her taunt: depending on the game, it may or may not be able to defeat her opponent, but it's able to damage them regardless. It's best used during Custom Combos, where it can actually hit the enemy multiple times. However, EX 3 extends this move into an actual Finger Poke of Doom, costing 3 super levels and causing her to leisurely skip towards the opponent and point and laugh at them... causing them to be blasted across the screen and lose most of their health if it connects, in addition to it being unblockable.
** Chun-Li's taunt, her bowing and extending her hand, if performed in ''X-Men vs Street Fighter'' and if her hand touches her opponent, sends them ''flying'' across the screen. Very little damage is done, less than with a jab, but it's still over the top.
** Gen's entire punch specials and supers are of the pressure point variety.
* In ''VideoGame/MarvelVsCapcom3'', Galactus' method of forcing you to switch characters (the Snap Back move) is flicking your current fighter away with one of his fingers, when he's not zapping Power Cosmic at you with a fierce point.
** [[Franchise/AceAttorney Phoenix Wright]] has a very potent finger poke when in Turnabout mode, but what else would you expect from a character known for GivingSomeoneThePointerFinger?
-->'''Phoenix:''' ''Contradiction! That's illegal! See you in court!''
* The ''FinalFantasy'' series:
** In every game from V onward, you may encounter a creature known as a Tonberry. Aside from its unusually high HP, it seems utterly pitiful at first. It's small and (by monster standards) adorable. Its weapon of choice is a kitchen knife, in a universe where ridiculously large swords and deadly magic spells are the norm. On top of all that, it's slow; it must spend several turns at the beginning of battle just walking up to you before it can attack (the vast majority of foes can attack right away). So naturally, the first time a player ever encounters one, they may assume that it's a joke enemy, and pummel away with melee attacks. \\
And then, the Tonberry reaches your LightningBruiser main hero, thrusts its cute little knife at his leg once... [[OneHitKO and said hero dies instantly]]. \\
Needless to say, every player learns to take [[BossInMooksClothing this little guy]] ''very seriously'' after that. Oh, but [[FromBadToWorse it gets worse.]] Rarely is the Tonberry the most deadly and tenacious monster in the game; that honor goes to its upgraded versions, the Don Tonberry [=/=] Tonberry King. You may wet your pants in fear now.
* In ''[[Franchise/SonicTheHedgehog Sonic Battle]]'', there are certain [[PowersAsPrograms combo programs]], one for each character, that are essentially [[OneHitKill One Hit KOs]]. While it usually looks like CherryTapping taken UpToEleven, Cream's actually looks like a literal (repeated) Fingerpoke Of Doom.
* K' and Kula from ''VideoGame/TheKingOfFighters'' series have an attack where they stick out one finger and then clench a fist, the good ol' Bruce Lee One Inch. If it connects, it can throw the opponent so hard they [[PaintingTheMedium bounce off the far edge of the screen]] (depending on what the opponent was doing when they got hit).
* In ''Wu-Tang: Shaolin Style'', Inspectah Deck makes [[YourHeadASplode his opponent's head asplode]] by touching it as a {{F|inishingMove}}atality.
* Nemesis's Tentacle Poke of Doom in ''VideoGame/ResidentEvil3Nemesis''.
* Pyramid Head in ''SilentHill2'' has a OneHitKill Headbutt of Doom and Knife Poke of Doom, and he can kill you with a TouchOfDeath if you're low on health.
* Kitana and Tanya's Kiss of Death {{F|inishingMove}}atality in the ''VideoGame/MortalKombat'' series.
* In ''ValkyrieProfile'', mages in the party can only perform actions once every few turns until their CT/Mana/etc return. You can eventually allocate skill points to a technique called "wait reaction" which allows them a weak attack until they recharge. The attack is from a puny bird (or mini-dragon for the wizards). No enemy can withstand the attack of this bird. It doesn't do much damage, but it is unblockable, causes the enemy to flinch, and leaves them wide open for every warrior in the group to unleash a world of pain. Even the bipedal zombie dragon warrior who can block almost all physical attacks unless you actively attempt to break it will not block it.
* Happens in ''AsurasWrath'', with the final phase of the first boss trying to do this to Asura. Said boss is bigger than planet Earth, and his finger is the size of Tennessee. [[spoiler: [[TheJuggernaut It]] [[MomentOfAwesome fails]].]]
** Happens again in a flashback where Asura has sent one of the elephant Gohma flying towards Augus: he just smirks and flicks it away with his finger with his arms crossed, reducing it to ATwinkleInTheSky.
* In the ''VideoGame/{{Doom}}'' games, lower enemies can sometimes be gibbed with melee attacks, even without the Berserk item.
* In the first ''{{Halo}}'', simply being tapped by a vehicle at any speed caused instant death.
* In the the ''VideoGame/GearsOfWar 3'' {{DLC}} "RAAM's Shadow", players controlling [[LargeAndInCharge General RAAM]] can direct his Kryll shield with a point of a finger and turn enemy Gears into a fine, bloody paste. There's even an achievement called "Finger of Doom" if you kill fifty Gears with your Kryll.
* ''VideoGame/FistOfTheNorthStarKensRage'' makes [[TheBigGuy Fu]][[MightyGlacier doh]] a playable character in its UpdatedRerelease, with moves focusing on his StoutStrength. One of his best moves is an unblockable LimitBreak which amounts to flicking a person in the face and sending them sailing [[PunchedAcrossTheRoom across the room]]. This works on ''everyone.'' Yes, this means Fudoh may casually send any of the setting's many {{badass}}es sailing into the distance with a flick of his finger, and they're going to be feeling it when he does so. He even gives a jolly laugh while performing the attack.
* In the various ''VideoGame/{{Tekken}}'' games, most incarnations of Jack have had a move called Dark Cutter, which when performed causes him to take three steps forward before tapping the opponent on the forehead with his index finger. It's unblockable and among his harder hitting attacks (though it's so slow and obvious it's CoolButInefficient).
* ''VideoGame/GoldenEye1997''[='=]s multiplayer feature has License to Kill, a mode in which [[OneHitPointWonder everyone dies with one hit]]. It also has the "Slappers Only" weapon option, which limits players to using basic melee attacks only. Combining the two leads to this trope.
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[[folder:Web Comics]]
* ''TheCyantianChronicles'': In Akaelae, after Darius beat up a wolf twice his size, [[http://cyantian.net/akaelae/2007/09/14/09142007/ Kela pokes him in the back]] rendering him motionless. And then forgets to un-paralyze him.
* In ''KeychainOfCreation'', renegade Deathknight Secret apparently does have an affinity for the Water Dragon Style martial art, as illustrated by the gory results of her [[http://keychain.patternspider.net/archive/koc0336.html poking a pig carcass]] with her finger.
* ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'': Awww, man! Monster in the Darkness lost [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0374.html twice.]]
** And then there is V and his/her ''Bugsby's Flicking Finger'' spell. (Followed up by ''[[FlippingTheBird Bugsby's Expressive Single Digit]]''.)
* For Calamitus of ''WebComic/RustyAndCo'', this gets quite literal with [[http://rustyandco.com/comic/level-4-13/ "Bigby's Kung Fu Grip"]].
-->'''Calamitus:''' Well, that's the good thing about magic. [...] [[IncrediblyLamePun It's handy.]]
* Anvil from ''Webcomic/GrrlPower'' gives a villain a [[http://www.grrlpowercomic.com/archives/1271 nose boop]].
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[[folder:Web Video]]
* In ''WebVideo/SuburbanKnights'', [[BigBad Malachite]] finger flicks [[WebVideo/TheSpoonyExperiment Spoony]] enough to send him orbiting around the world. ''Twice.''
** In a more parodic example, when WebVideo/TheNostalgiaCritic's team was reunited with [[spoiler: WebVideo/ThatDudeInTheSuede]], [[spoiler: Suede]] effectively let Critic do this so they could move on and catch up.
-->[[spoiler: '''Suede:''']] Oh, but first you must defeat me in mortal combat.
-->'''Critic:''' What?
-->[[spoiler: '''Suede:''']] Oh, touch my sword. ''[Critic touches their swords together.]'' Oh, I am defeated, Let’s get out of here.
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[[folder:Western Animation]]
* Numerous ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'' examples. [[FullContactMagic Physical actions are required for bending to work]], but it appears that the stronger you are, the less movement it takes.
** Toph usually does something like this by stamping her foot.
** Bumi can also do some decent bending with only his chin.
** Ozai can generate lightning pretty much instantaneously, whereas other firebenders are shown to spend several seconds charging it up first.
** In a non-bending example, though it wasn't exactly a formidable opponent, Aang was once in a fight where he soundly thrashed his attacker with a polite expression on his face, and the only physical contact was with his ''[[AssKicksYou butt]]''.
* In one episode of ''WesternAnimation/DarkwingDuck'', an alien villain is an expert at "Galvarin galactic digit fighting", which is thumb-wrestling raised to the level of a martial art.
* In the animated adaption of ''WesternAnimation/{{Dilbert}}'', Dilbert attended a security guard training class, and was about to learn how to harm someone with only a thumb. He find this hard to believe, but then his teacher convinces that it is possible, when he accidently hurt himself with his thumb.
* ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheBraveAndTheBold''
** The transformed totem characters fling each other across the horizon with casual pokes. Hell, Batman (Man-Bat?) disintegrates a huge mystic boat with a lazy tap.
** In the "The Power of Shazam!", this happens twice. After stealing Captain Marvel's power, a villain shows off by knocking Batman to the ground with a flick of his fingers. When the villain loses his power soon after, Captain Marvel does the same trick.
* Franchise/{{Superman}} loves this: he occasionally knocks people out with only a flick of his finger. In ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague'' he did it to Grodd at the end of "Secret Society", knocking him across a football stadium. He did the same thing to Ten in "Wild Cards".
** The "Secret Society" flick, pictured above, also adds a little Crap Under the Radar since Superman uses his middle finger to do it.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries'' episode "Day of the Samurai" Batman travels to Japan to prevent Kyoudai Ken from learning a secret martial art where a person can kill with one blow. Said technique is the o-nemo-ri touch, where the martial artist pokes someone in the chest and kills them instantly. Batman only survives the encounter by studying Kyoudai's practice dummy, finding the spot that has been poked repeatedly, and adding an armor plate beneath his suit.
* ''InvaderZim'', quite literally...
-->"And now we return to our movie, Poke of Doom!"\\\
"Can't you see this woman has severe pokey trauma?!"
* In ''TransformersAnimated'', Lugnut's [[FunWithAcronyms P.O.K.E.]] [[InvokedTrope invokes this]] InNameOnly, as it stands for [[MegatonPunch Punch Of Kill Everything]].
* CelebrityDeathmatch had 'The Man Who Puts Pinkies Through Skulls' who did just that
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[[folder:Real Life]]
* It's possible for something like this to happen in real life if you get hit in the right spot at the right angle with even a little bit of force. Doing so will compress the medula oblongata and result in a knock out.
* An expert martial artist can break bricks bare-handed. Then can also make strong men cry by poking them.
* Carotid massage is a simple procedure where an individual massages over the carotid sinus in the neck, causing a drop in blood pressure as the arteries relax. This is done very gently for five seconds. The physiology is a bit beyond TV Tropes. Urban legend says doing this bilaterally can cause almost anyone to die from cardiac problems, but ''most'' people will have no adverse effects. A few individuals may faint or collapse if this is done to them. [[http://emedicine.medscape.com/article/153312-overview And a tiny fraction of the population can suffer asystole, or "flatline."]] Do ''not'' experiment on this one.
* Antimatter: A few grams of antimater would release an amount of energy comparable to nuclear bombs when coming into contact with normal matter. Which is the reason why there has never been any observation of more than a few particles for fractions of a second.
* Creator/BruceLee gave many demonstrations of a One Inch Punch, which is ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin. He would have a volunteer stand near him, fully extend his arm to place his fist one inch away from the volunteer's chest, and knock the volunteer completely off his feet with a simple turn of his body.
* This is used jokingly in the Thousand-Pound Thumb: where you press down on someone as hard as you can with your thumb. Subverted in that it's not actually your thumb, but your entire arm that applies the force.
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