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[[caption-width-right:270:If you only knew the ''POWER'' of the dark glove!]]

When the BigBad wants to visually flex his power, he shoves his hands into big (usually black) gloves with an upward thrusting motion, then makes an evil fist ([[MilkingTheGiantCow although a clawed semi-fist, as if clutching something unseen, is sometimes also done]]). Putting on the gloves while doing this can be optional (in an upward move similar to a GloveSnap). Actually wearing gloves while making the gesture can be optional, but the gloves seem to add ''gravitas'' to the move. For extra points, we get a scrunchy-leathery-rubbery sound effect as the fist is clenched.

Pretty much a MadScientist staple, but the fisted glove is also a trope of megalomaniacs in general, showing off their power.

Could also be an EvilHand, and include a FistOfRage. When it's a MadDoctor performing it, it might also ''include'' a GloveSnap. When the heroes do it, it's a BicepPolishingGesture. Compare MilkingTheGiantCow. Not related to a [[VictoryPose Victory Fist Pump]], though it may be related to the anime FistPump. Not to be confused with GiantHandsOfDoom. Also not to be confused with the PowerFist. Or the [[AngryBlackMan Black Power Fist]].
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[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist'': When Colonel Roy Mustang [[spoiler:prepares to fake the killing of Maria Ross]], there is a scene of him putting on his trademark "ignition gloves" in the classic evil fashion, complete with a closeup of the flame transmutation circle. [[spoiler:Subverted in that he only pretends to kill her to create cover for her escape, using a pile of meat transmuted into a fake carcass as a decoy Ross, and thus does not do anything evil. [[WhatTheHellHero Not that Ed]] [[HeroicBSOD knew that at the time.]]]]
* Sakura Haruno of ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'' inverts the trope, usually with a nice GloveSnap to go with it. She's one of the good guys, but if she uses this gesture then [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xKKSNEu6TrQ beware.]]
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[[folder:Comic Books]]
* The aptly-named ComicBook/DoctorDoom does this a lot, both closed- and open-fisted.
* This is practically a prerequisite for anyone who puts on ComicBook/TheInfinityGauntlet, both villain AND hero alike.
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[[folder:Film -- Animated]]
* Jaffar in ''Disney/{{Aladdin}}'' makes the move - sans gloves - when he turns into a genie. "ULTIMATE COSMIC POWER!"
* ''WesternAnimation/DespicableMe'': Though he never dons gloves, Gru does this when he announces his plans to steal the moon.
* Syndrome does it in ''WesternAnimation/TheIncredibles'', with a [[http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/syndrome1_9808.bmp semi-closed fist]] (reversing the trope with ''white'' gloves).
* The Flying Glove from ''WesternAnimation/YellowSubmarine'' is this personified and magnified.
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[[folder:Film -- Live-Action]]
* In what ''has'' to be an ActorAllusion, Thulsa Doom (played by Creator/JamesEarlJones) does a non-gloved variant in ''Film/ConanTheBarbarian1982'' when lecturing Conan about the uselessness of steel compared to the hand that wields it.
* In ''Film/DeathRace2000'' the Flag of the United Provinces featured a gloved fist with a lightning bolt running up the side. This symbol appears all over the place in the movie.
* [[http://colewebbharter.files.wordpress.com/2011/06/great-dictator-4.jpg Parodied (sans glove)]] by Creator/CharlieChaplin in ''Film/TheGreatDictator''.
* ''Film/TheLordOfTheRings''
** Boromir does this at least once while contemplating the power of the One Ring.
** As does the [[TheDragon Witch-King]] during the lead-up to his dramatic reveal in Return of the King.
* The prototypical MadScientist, Rotwang, [[http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/Rotwang_7723.gif does this]] in ''Film/{{Metropolis}}'' (though he never does quite close his fist; his hand was said to have been prosthetic). Possibly the UrExample and TropeMaker.
* ''Franchise/StarWars'': Darth Vader does this so often he comes close to being the TropeCodifier. "If you only knew the ''[[http://www.gunaxin.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/02/darth-vader.jpg power]]'' of the Dark Side..." "Luke, ''join me''..."
* ''Film/StreetFighter''. General M. Bison (Creator/RaulJulia) [[http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/pax_bisonica_6219.jpg clenches a gloved (red) fist]] in an upward motion as he exclaims, "Pax Bisonica!"
** He also does a double-fisted one when he shouts, "[[http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/DELICOIUS_8192.png Game Over!]]". He was almost as fond of this move as Darth Vader.
* In ''Film/StrokerAce'', Aubrey James thinks he gonna have fun diving into a BarBrawl and pulls on his black driving gloves. Subverted when Stroker floors him with a single punch before he can jump into the fray.
* ''Film/WhoFramedRogerRabbit''. While in the Acme factory, Judge Doom pulls on a large rubber glove before putting a [[KickTheDog Toon shoe]] in the Dip. ([[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iL1PaWQ-BI8#t=3m43s Watch it here, 4:00-5:20.]] He doesn't make the fist, but he does put it on menacingly.
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[[folder:Literature]]
* ''Franchise/StarWarsLegends'': There was a kids' series titled ''Literature/TheGloveOfDarthVader'', and it was about the eponymous glove as a MementoMacGuffin. Presumably the bad guy made this gesture some more after he found it. It was actually turned into a literal ArtifactOfDoom with some installed circuitry that allowed the user to fake Force lightning, at the expense of burning his hand and ongoing nerve damage that rendered him blind. Naturally he refused to take it off anyway, although he did have the circuitry removed.
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[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* Gwendolyn Post, the evil Watcher, does this after putting on the magical power glove in the ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'' episode "Revelations".
* ''Series/StarTrekVoyager''. In "Prototype", Unit 3947 clenches a fist when talking of how they will now destroy the enemy in their RobotWar. As the emotionless android lacks the LargeHam associated with such evil ranting, it looks a bit {{narm}}.
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[[folder:Video Games]]
* Magus in ''VideoGame/ChronoTrigger'' adjusts his gloves like this while charging a spell. There is no discernible reason why he would need to do this, but damned if it doesn't look cool.
* ''VideoGame/CityOfHeroes''' first expansion--''City of Villains''--had boxart that featured PresidentEvil Lord Recluse in the open-fisted pose. Moreover, [[PuttingOnTheReich Nazi-inspired]] villain (and [[StreetFighter M. Bison-lookalike]]) Reichsman raises a gloved fist ''in the middle of a fight'' before punching the ground with enough force to knock out PlayerCharacters' HitPoints and [[ManaMeter Endurance]]. [[GlovedFistOfDoom Gloved Fist of Doom]], indeed.
* Shockingly, Yuna does this in a moment of rebelliousness in ''Final Fantasy X-2''.
* The Didact in ''VideoGame/{{Halo 4}}'' uses this to grip Master Chief with a constraint field, right before attempting to throw him off a bridge into a swirling Slipspace vortex.
* Ansem / Xehanort's Heartless ends his "Darkness is the heart's true essence" speech in ''VideoGame/KingdomHeartsI'' with one of these.
* Liquid Snake does this so frequently in ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid'' one can tell when he's doing his whole SplitPersonalityTakeover didjeridoo when Revolver Ocelot [[http://metalgear.wikia.com/wiki/File:LiquidOcelotMGS4.jpg starts posing in this fashion]] in ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid2'' and ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid4''. [[spoiler: Or faking it, in the latter case.]]
* Not surprisingly, many of the Empire [=NPC=]s in ''VideoGame/StarWarsTheOldRepublic'' do this often.
* Illidan Stormrage does this in the opening cinematic of ''VideoGame/WarcraftIII: The Frozen Throne''. He's conjuring up a storm to summon minions from the bottom of the sea.
* In [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vaZfZFNuOpI#t=1m40s this trailer]] for ''VideoGame/{{Overwatch}}'', the aptly named "Doomfist" does this. (Obviously.)
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[[folder:Web Original]]
* Music/DoctorSteel does this near the beginning of ''The Dr. Steel Show'', [[http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/experimenttime_4442.jpg episode 2]] (actually pulling gloves on over his gloves!), and is sometimes depicted that way in his propaganda art and [[http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/experimenttime_4442.jpg photos]].
* ''WebVideo/DoctorHorriblesSingAlongBlog'': Dr. Horrible does it at least once, at the end of the Sing-Along Blog, [[http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/horriblefist_4964.jpg just before he enters the room to join the Evil League of Evil.]] Symbolically, they look just like Captain Hammer's gloves.
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[[folder:Western Animation]]
* In ''WesternAnimation/AladdinTheSeries'', recurring villain Mozenrath, another EvilSorcerer, frequently uses the GlovedFistOfDoom, and he does actually have a glove; specifically, one that [[AppliedPhlebotinum gave him magic powers]] but [[RedRightHand turned his right hand skeletal.]]
* ''Franchise/GIJoe'': Cobra Commander often does this.
* [[GodOfEvil Darkseid]] does this on the penultimate episode of ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeagueUnlimited'', complete with aforementioned scrunchy-leathery-rubbery sound effect, to punctuate his announcement of his return.
* Dr. Drakken does this in ''WesternAnimation/KimPossible'', often two-fisted.
* ''Franchise/MastersOfTheUniverse'': Skeletor is fond of this.
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[[folder:Real Life]]
* Recent studies have shown that clenching one's fist in this manner does indeed increase one's sense of power and increase willpower. Especially if you're thinking evil thoughts while doing so. (see: Schubert, T.W., & Koole, S.L. (2009). The embodied self: Making a fist enhances menís power-related self-conceptions. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 45, 828Ė834.)
* UsefulNotes/BenitoMussolini loved to do this gesture during speeches, [[http://img79.imageshack.us/img79/9440/mussolini2.jpg though not always wearing gloves.]]
** UsefulNotes/AdolfHitler [[http://www.hirhome.com/israel/hitler.jpg was known for it too.]]
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