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Angry Fist-Shake

How do you show you're really pissed off, but don't want to Flip the Bird? Raise a clenched fist to the sky and shake it, as if you're contemplating punching/strangling God! Even better if you have a Gloved Fist of Doom, or there are a ton of fellow angry citizens raising their fists with you to show their solidarity and defiance towards The Man.

Will often result in Milking the Giant Cow if overdone by a Large Ham.

Can overlap with Say My Name, Big Word Shout. Compare Bicep-Polishing Gesture, Fist of Rage, Fist Pump.


Comic Books
  • Common pose for Doctor Doom.
  • When Gargamel's plans fail, expect this pose from him whenever he vows to get his revenge on The Smurfs.

Fan Works
  • The World of the Creatures has a moment where Jon Stewart does this after Stephen Colbert makes a bad joke.
  • Gimme Shelter has Fleur de Lis giving one to a taxi after it hits the puddle next to her without so much as slowing down.

  • 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.

  • Darth Vader in Splinter of the Mind's Eye.
  • Done by the protagonist of HPLovecraft'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.

  • "10000 fists" by Disturbed.
  • In the video for "Come Dancing", Ray Davies does this to his date's younger brother.

  • Done in an animation in No Good Gofers where the player's golf ball goes through a clubhouse window.
  • General Yagov in F-14 Tomcat does this to his foe, "Hitman".

Video Games
  • 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.
    • Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney - Dual Destinies : Bobby Fulbright, your ham-saturated detective, will clench his shaking fist at you in righteous fury whenever he gets the chance to. He's exaggerating it completely to seem he actually does feel that way, he doesn't really feel it at all, or care.

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Western Animation
  • The Simpsons have this as the standard angry reaction (if they're not going straight for bodily harm).
    • 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.
    Homer-2: Ooh, you lousy Springfielders, you... shake harder, boy!
    • The Page Image in Grumpy Old Man is of Grandpa Simpson yelling at a cloud, shaking his fist.
  • 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. Both then proceed to shake their fists at one another, with Hal sighing in resignation.
  • 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.

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