open/close all folders
- A common pose for Doctor Doom, especially when confronting the Fantastic Four.
- When Gargamel's plans fail, expect this pose from him whenever he vows to get his revenge on The Smurfs.
- In Krypton No More:
- Superman does this -combined with a Skyward Scream- after visiting a chemical plant. He lifts his fist and swears that he will not let Earth die.
- In the next issue, super-villain Protector strikes Supergirl and her cousin with lightning bolts before hightailing it. Angry, Supergirl shakes her fits as she cries out: “Wait till I get my hands on that guy!”
- Stands With a Fist from Dances with Wolves is named after this trope — it comes from when she punched out a Sioux woman who was bullying her and stood over her with a clenched fist.
- A Nazi soldier does this in Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, after the main characters escape capture.
- Adele Hasn't Had Her Dinner Yet: The dwarf (one of The Gardener's minions) and police commissioner Ledvina shake their fists at each other during the final confrontation, which was filmed in a style reminiscent of old slapstick comedies. When the dwarf gets arrested and is carried away by a police officer, he's still seen shaking his fist.
- The film version of Bye Bye Birdie has a scene near the end featuring a Soviet ballet conductor on The Ed Sullivan Show who is tricked into drinking a glass of milk with an adrenaline-jolting drug inside. He then leads his orchestra at such a fast tempo that the ballet dancers can't keep up and begin making embarrassing mistakes, much to the delight of the Americans in the audience and the outrage of the Russians. By the performance's conclusion, the dancers are all making angry G-rated gestures at the conductor, including a fist-shake.
- Star Wars Legends:
- Done by the protagonist of H.P. Lovecraft's In The Walls Of Eryx in order to intimidate the Venusian natives. They're not exactly intimidated.
- At the end of the Tough Magic series, Uncle Rick does this to Holois, after she hits his nose one last time.
- Vrotheus the Vile does this to one of the heroes in Fancy Apartments. Considering the vampire had just flown through him, he probably felt he had reason.
- A variation in Animorphs. Cassie infiltrates the Yeerk pool with the aid of a pacifist Controller to rescue Katran. As she goes osprey and hauls tailfeather out of the pool, she notices the guy making this gesture- or at least, that's what it looks like to the Yeerks, she knows he's pumping his fist in elation.
- T*A*C*K: Will says that bully Red Jameson gave him a friendly wave after Will outwitted him at the spelling bee, allowing him and Toria to make their escape. Toria makes a small correction: "Will, no one waves with their fist!"
- "10000 fists" by Disturbed.
- In the video for "Come Dancing", Ray Davies does this to his date's younger brother.
- All the time in Final Fantasy VII, though since everyone's hands are just polygon blocks, you're free to imagine what the fingers are doing while they flail about.
- Happens at the beginning of Knuckles story in Sonic & Knuckles. Knux is relaxing in Mushroom Hills with his li'l animal buddies when a lone Egg Robo drops a bomb. Once he gets up and sees the culprit, Knuckles does this before giving chase.
- In Sonic's story, Sonic walks in on Knuckles doing this to Dr. Eggman stealing the Master Emerald towards the end of Hidden Palace Zone.
- When Fancy Pants Man does it in The Fancy Pants Adventure: World 2 in response to stolen ice cream, the mayor of Squiggleville comments that "Not even a fist-shaking as magnificent as that will bring back that tasty frozen treat!"
- Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney: The killer in case 1-5 begins doing this once you begin to get close to nailing him.
- In the "Where Are They Now?" Epilogue of Shovel Knight, King Knight's epilogue has him forced to scrub the floors of Pridemoor Keep, with his scene ending in him tossing the rag on the ground and angrily shaking his fist.
- In Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel!, Aurelia's downed animation has her shake her fist in anger before Fight For Your Life is initiated.
- Metal Gear: Big Bad Liquid Snake does this a lot in Solid, being quite the emotional and melodramatic man. It sticks around in the sequels when his traitorous right-hand man, Revolver Ocelot, becomes possessed by his spirit.
- Homestar Runner: In the Strong Bad Email "couch patch", Strong Bad does this when swearing revenge on whoever insulted his cooking (not realizing it's just Coach Z in shadow and with a digitally modified voice).
- "Next episode, Blue Laser! Next episooode!!"
- The Simpsons have this as the standard angry reaction (if they're not going straight for bodily harm).
Homer-2: Ooh, you lousy Springfielders, you... shake harder, boy!
- In a Treehouse of Horror episode when Bart becomes The Fly, he acts like he's trapped in a spider's web shouting "Help me!" When the spider gets close Bart reveals he's just faking and flies away. The spider shakes four of its legs at Bart.
- In "Lemon of Troy" when Homer steals Flanders's RV away from the impound lot the lot's owner and his son (Homer and Bart's Shelbyville counterparts) shake their fists at the fleeing Springfieldianites.
- The Page Image in Grumpy Old Man is of Grandpa Simpson yelling at a cloud, shaking his fist.
- Occasionally a more ridiculous variation would be featured, such as in the parody sequence where Bart is Indiana Jones and Homer is one of the South American Indians chasing him in the opening scene of Raiders of the Lost Ark. As Bart makes his escape, Homer runs out into the street in just his underwear and angrily hops up and down while bellowing "savage" gibberish.
- Dexter's Laboratory - Dexter has been known to do this when Dee Dee comes in and ruins his latest experiments.
- Dan Vs. - Dan frequently does a double-fisted version.
- Dr. Claw of Inspector Gadget often does this while proclaiming "I'll get you next time, Gadget!".
- End credits of Captain Planet and the Planeteers shows Looten Plunder shaking his fist to the sky, shouting "You'll pay for this, Captain Planet!"
- Used as a (rather unique) gag in an episode of Green Lantern: The Animated Series, in which Kilowog and Razer are having an argument. Hal tries to defuse the situation, and tells them to shake hands in a bid to get them to make up. Since neither of them are from Earth, they don't quite understand this custom, and both then proceed to shake their fists at one another.
- The Hooded Claw does this when Penelope Pitstop escapes from one of his death traps or the Ant Hill Mob rescues her.
- In the My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic episode Magical Mystery Cure, we see one irate pony doing this to another. And in Putting Your Hoof Down, New Fluttershy does it as she declares that no one pushes her around. Given that the ponies can't actually make fists, it ends up looking like she's trying to do something else.
- As Asterix, Obelix, and Getafix row away from the New World in Astérix Conquers America, there's a clifftop shot of the Indian medicine man, who tried to extort the Magic Potion recipe from Getafix earlier, collecting herbs with his spear. When he sees the Gauls leaving, he shakes his spear at them.
- The S2 King of the Hill episode "The Man Who Shot Kane Skretteburg" has the characters shaking their fists at the teenagers causing trouble.
- In Spongebob Squarepants in the episode No Weenies allowed when Spongebob was fighting Sandy in Karate, he got knocked into a family's potato salad. The husband the yelled "It took us 3 days to make that potato salad, three days!" (Cue fist shake).