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->'''Bronn:''' There's a Braavosi knife game I can teach you.\\
'''Tyrion:''' Does it involve loss of fingers?\\
'''Bronn:''' Only if you lose.
-->-- ''Series/GameOfThrones''

The Five Finger Fillet is when a character places his hand palm-down on a table, spreads his fingers, and begins stabbing between them with a knife, trying to go as fast as possible without hurting himself. Screwing this up, which gets easier as the 'game' goes on, can certainly result in {{fingore}}.

This can be a way to establish a character as a hardened criminal or a KnifeNut, or just generally {{Badass}}. However, if the work is farther to the silly side on the SlidingScaleOfSillinessVersusSeriousness, it's more likely to be done by a character who doesn't fit the usual stereotypes, playing the contrast for humor.

The game is also called "mumblety-peg", "the knife game", "nerve" and "[[{{Film/Aliens}} bishop.]]"
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!!Examples:

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* ''LightNovel/{{Baccano}}'': Claire Stanfield does this for fun with Chic's scissors in "Drugs & Dominoes".

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[[folder: Film ]]

* The young hitchhiker in ''Film/KnifeInTheWater'' does this, intimidating the middle-aged man that picked him up.
* ''Film/{{Aliens}}'': Bishop (pictured above) does this with his hand over Hudson's to demonstrate his superhuman reflexes. Leads to his RoboticReveal. [[note]] and both a CrowningMomentOfFunny and a EstablishingCharacterMoment for Hudson, for his 30-second long "Aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa!" followed by "That wasn't funny, man!" [[/note]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K3y5GSznNfI]]
* ''Film/SurvivingPicasso'': As in RealLife, Picasso becomes attracted to Dora Maar when she cuts her fingers doing this
* In ''Film/TheHangover: Part 2'' [[spoiler:Teddy lost his right ring finger attempting this; it was then claimed by a drug-dealing monkey. Fuckin' UsefulNotes/{{Bangkok}}.]]
* In ''Film/{{Populaire}}'', Louis Echard does this to himself in order to convince his ex-girlfriend to give piano Lessons to Rose Pamphyle. [[spoiler: He is later seen bandaging his hand with the help of Rose.]]
* In ''Film/{{Ted}}'', Ted does this with a guy and eventually stabs the man's finger.

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* A variation occurs in ''Literature/{{Neverwhere}}''. Mr Croup places his hand against a wall and throws several razor blades at it, landing in the spaces in between. Mr Vandemar is unimpressed with the fact that he [[CompletelyMissingThePoint missed all his fingers]].

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* In the BBC documentary series ''Simon Schama's Power of Art'', Pablo Picasso meets his future mistress Dora Maar when she cuts her fingers doing this
* In ''Series/BoardwalkEmpire'', Jimmy expertly plays the game with his old trenchknife in "Family Limitation," establishing him as a KnifeNut who's still not over the war. Capone's unfamiliarity with the game tips Jimmy off that he wasn't really in the war.
* In an episode of ''Series/EerieIndiana'' involving supposed subliminal messages in punk rock bands' songs, a character du jour was seen doing this.
* ''Series/TheITCrowd'' has Moss do this with a steak knife in one episode with surprising skill.
* The unaired pilot of ''Series/{{Fearless}}'' has a bad guy do this to Gaia, in order to get some reaction out of her. Presumably fear, but this is Gaia we're on about.
* In a blink-and-you'll-miss-it moment in the opening episode of ''Series/RedDwarf'', Petersen can be seen doing this (badly) with a pen.

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* A hidden minigame in ''VideoGame/FullThrottle''
* ''VideoGame/RedDeadRedemption'' offers this as an optional RhythmGame, complete with wagers.
* In Chapter 4 of ''VideoGame/TalesOfMonkeyIsland'', a minor character can be seen doing this at a local bar.
* In the thief's guild in ''VideoGame/AssassinsCreedBrotherhood'' a thief plays this at one of the bar tables. Sometimes he wins and admires his hand and other times he loses and licks his wound.
* The Sniper and Assassin in ''Super MondayNightCombat'' have this as one of their taunts. The Assassin uses her iconic dagger, while the Sniper uses a sub-machine gun. While doing a one-hand-stand. And while spinning.
* One of the minigames in ''WorkTimeFun''.
* It's a Simon-says mini-game in ''VideoGame/{{Rage}}''.

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* In the VideoGame/GarrysMod video "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A2a0Ht01qA8 Scout's Amazing Adventures (Part 1/6)]]", [[VideoGame/TeamFortress2 Scout]] attempts this on himself with a Spy-cicle after chugging some Bonk. It doesn't end well.

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* ''Webcomic/{{Marilith}}'': When Dim and Vics are introduced, Vics stabs himself while doing this
* In ''CwensQuest'', one of the new villains shows off by performing this on a [[http://www.drunkduck.com/Cwens_Quest/index.php?p=791737 fairy]].
* In ''Webcomic/{{Gnoph}}'', Abbey injures her fingers doing this and laments that she used to be able to do it perfectly.

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* Rusty Cage's ''Knife Game Song'' ([[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oPkO2VmMx94 first version]], [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fI-2VZoxYnQ full version]]) has gone viral and was followed by many copycats singing the song while playing the game.

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* Homer attempted this in an episode of ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'', and managed to stab his fingers every single time.
-->'''Marge:''' Homer! No knife games on the kitchen table!
-->'''Homer:''' It didn't hit your precious table.
* ''WesternAnimation/SamuraiJack'': Occurs in the episode "Jack versus Mad Jack"
* In ''WesternAnimation/StressedEric'', a man in the hospital queue does this with his hand resting on his thigh. He seems quite happy to repeatedly stab his thigh, but screams in pain when he misses and hits his finger.
* One episode of ''WesternAnimation/KingOfTheHill'' brings up the game, with a prison inmate saying that he doesn't know what it's called. Peggy suggests the name "Stab Scotch".
* An episode of ''WesternAnimation/SpongebobSquarepants'' has one fish doing this to another fish. The first fish ends up going faster and faster while the fish holding his hand out starts sweating bullets. Eventually he lands on a finger, although he acts like he won whatever they were doing.
* Beavis can be seen briefly doing this in an episode of ''WesternAnimation/BeavisAndButthead''. Naturally, he ends up poking himself.
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