When a character needs to do something impressive, they'll often do it with a snap of their fingers. Sometimes it's just a signal for Mooks to carry out a Villain's orders, but sometimes the snaps themselves have magical powers.
makes one wonder about the "orders" one. How much time is spent training the mooks whether the finger snap means "bring the suitcase of money", "kill them", or "get me something to drink?"
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Anime and Manga
- Roy Mustang from Fullmetal Alchemist can cause fiery explosions by snapping his fingers, using specially-made gloves to generate a spark.
- G Gundam's Domon snaps his fingers in order to summon his Gundam.
- An episode of Bakugan had one of the baddies cause seemingly inexplicable combat events by snapping his fingers. he was actually signaling his invisible ally.
- Wei in Darker Than Black has a Bloody Murder power activated in this fashion. He drips his blood on something or someone, and the instant he snaps his fingers, there is an explosive/teleportation effect signaled by a flash of light.
- Cinque's introduction in Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha Striker S has her throwing knives at the Administration Bureau's shield generators and snapping her fingers to detonate them.
- In Tiger & Bunny, criminal NEXT Jake Martinez activates his force field powers by snapping his fingers. The results vary but are almost always painful for whoever he targets.
- Giant Robo has a villain, the Fabulous Fitzgerald, who can cut anything in half by snapping his fingers at it. Watching him take apart a base and all its troops while practically dancing his way through the flame establishes this character as a badass and psychopath.
- An early episode of Code Geass has Zero unveiling a massive poison gas bomb behind him with a dramatic fingersnap... and instantly taking hostage hundreds of civilians who have no idea what the contraption behind him is. It's not a chemical weapon, though; just a smoke bomb.
- In High School DXD, Issei activates Dress Break by snapping his fingers. It does exactly what it says. How badass is it? Badass enough to overcome a higher tier Longinus that's currently strapped into Asia from turning her into a tactical nuke.
- In Slayers NEXT, Hellmaster Phibrizzo demonstrates his powers by snapping his fingers and instantly killing someone. That someone is Gaav, the Demon Dragon King, although admittedly Gaav had been weakened due to being sealed in human form and having taken Lina's Ragna Blade spell on the chin.
- In Smile Pretty Cure!, Akane Hino does this during her transformation to light her powder puff on fire. As Cure Sunny she does this sometimes to light her fist on fire.
- In Doki Doki Pretty Cure, on the one side, the Selfish Agents turn Psyches into Dark Psyches and rip them off by a single fingersnap - in other words, they rip the people's hearts off. They need the Dark Psyches to turn them into Jikochuus. On the other side, Regina activates her magic abilities by snapping her fingers. She corrupts Psyches by using a Finger Gun instead. The main difference between the Selfish Agents and Regina is that the Selfish Agents can only increase the selfishness of people, while Regina creates selfishness by force.
- In Sailor Moon, the Amazon Trio snaps their finger to summon the tablet behind their victim to hold them in place while looking into their Dream Mirrors.
- "Snapper" Carr, sidekick of the Justice League of America, eventually developed the power to teleport, but only when he snapped his fingers. (Thus being temporarily depowered when his hands were cut off.)
- Hunter Zolomon, the second Zoom, used his "speed" powers to create deadly sonic booms, which he activated by a simple snap.
- Thanos, at the peak of his godlike powers in The Infinity Gauntlet, killed off half the population of the Universe at the behest of Death. (Naturally, that state of affairs didn't last.) He did so with a finger snap.
- Disney's Mary Poppins. During the "Spoonful of Sugar" segment the title character starts magically cleaning up the room by snapping her fingers, and then the children start doing it. Watch it here.
- Pixar's A Bug's Life. Hopper does this with all four of his hands when he's commanding Thumper.
- Ben Stiller's character in Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story snaps his fingers to command his henchmen throughout the movie. Very much Played for Laughs.
- In Doctor Zhivago, the title character steals some firewood. When the house captain and the neighbors find out, it looks like Yuri is in trouble. However, a secret policeman followed Zhivago back and with a snap of his fingers dismisses the collected mob. It turns out the policeman was Yuri's half-brother Yevgraf.
- Played for laughs in The Court Jester, where a fingersnap is the signal that turns on or off the hypnotic conditioning that turns timid Hawkins (Danny Kaye) into a badass, superconfident fencer. Inevitably he always comes into situations where both partners in a conversation keep saying things accompanied by fingersnaps, e. g. telling the other that they would not give as much as "that! *snap*" for this, that or the other etc.
Hawkins: And now, Mylord Ravenhurst, you old rat-catcher, we shall see whose life isn't worth that!" *snap* (panics)
- Used by Lumina in Barbie The Pearl Princess.
- In Spy Kids, Floop uses this to good effect with his robot minions (who resemble a giant humanoid combination of thumbs) with the threat "I snap my fingers and my fingers snap you."
Live Action TV
- In Doctor Who, Series 4, in the Episode Voyage of the Damned, the Doctor snaps his fingers to have two of the angel-robot dudes lift him into the bowels of the ship amid explosions and fire.
- He later discovers he can open the TARDIS doors with a snap of his fingers, which he's used once as 10 and several times as 11.
- At the beginning of A Scandal in Begravia, Moriarty calls off the snipers aiming at Sherlock and John this way.
- On Star Trek: The Next Generation, Q's snapping can do all sorts of things, like fling the Enterprise all the way to the Delta Quadrant. To be fair, he's omnipotent, so can do anything he wants with any gesture he wants; he just snaps his fingers to look nonchalant while he does it.
- In one episode of Burn Notice, Michael Weston convinces a gang of hardened Latino criminals to help him. He does this by snapping his fingers, at which point his careful planning will result in the other members of his crew (Sam Axe and Fiona) causing something dramatic and incredible to happen, like a door exploding; he essentially intimidates them into helping him. At one point, he has to improvise, and he bluffs by holding up his fingers, ready to snap them. By now, the gang is so afraid of what his finger-snaps cause to happen, even if they are reasonably sure that he's an still ordinary mortal man, that they quickly acquiesce to his demand without him having anything in place. At the end of the episode, as we cut away from the gangers from the last time (Michael's plotting having resulted in them taking control of a large turf from an arguably much-worse cartel,) the gang's leader snaps his fingers as he walks away from the scene of the confrontation, full of new confidence and most likely new ideas.
- Happy Days: The Fonz.
- Supernatural: the Trickster/Gabriel, as well as Crowley's ability to make people explode with a finger snap.
- In Zyuden Sentai Kyoryuger, Torin has a regular finger snap as his Character Tic; it becomes this after he upgrades from The Obi-Wan to Tenth Ranger Kyoryu Silver.
- In Kingdom Hearts II, Saïx snaps his fingers to summon more Nobodies to fight Sora and Company. In Chain of Memories Axel burns somebody up with a snap.
- Evie characters that specialize in scythes in Vindictus can learn two major skills that can take enemies out with one snap of their fingers. The first skill, Bloody Thread, surrounds up to four mobs with thread and when Evie snaps her fingers, the thread contracts For Massive Damage. The second skill, Mark of Death, has her marking up to four mobs, getting the soul from one, and when she snaps her fingers, the souls from the mobs marked are released from the body. Scythe Evies especially love using these skills as a way to finish off bosses.
- Shiva's Limit Break from Final Fantasy X. She encases her enemy in a solid block of ice, then shatters it by snapping her fingers. Arguably more impressive if you have the shortened summoning animations on as it cuts out everything before the finger snap, which makes it look like Shiva comes in, snaps her fingers and everyone explodes in ice.
- Dr. Doom in Marvel vs. Capcom 3. He can snap his fingers to summon his Cool Chair, or his HIDDEN MISSILES! Both of which can happen on any stage.
Max: By the way, what's with all the finger-snapping?
doesn't know how it works, but if Doom
wants something, Doom
just snaps his fingers. *SNAP* Hundreds of missiles, *SNAP* a comfortable chair, *SNAP* a human-sized blender, *SNAP* a delicious
mojito... [which then magically appears]
Max: Hey, can I have one?
works for DOOM! *sip*
- Touhou Soccer gives us Mima and her Twilight Spark, which she fires with a snap of her fingers.
- The Legend of Zelda
- Ghirahim in The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword snaps his fingers whenever he uses powerful magic like creating fences around the Sealed Grounds, bringing a boss to life, or creating a sword to fight Link with.
- In The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time, the Spirit Temple features a boss monster that appears as a knight covered in armor. It summons a huge axe from Hammerspace with an audible snap of its fingers.
- In Super Mario RPG, Bowser's magic is triggered by him snapping his fingers.
- Dimentio in Super Paper Mario would cast his magic by snapping his fingers. Explosions usually followed.
- Manfred von Karma from Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney often snaps his fingers for dramatic emphasis.
- Cheria Barnes of Tales of Graces snaps her fingers in her third level mystic arte to end the Time Stands Still preparation of a Flechette Storm.
- In Devil Survivor 2, the Anguished One's debut scene has him shatter one of the resident Eldritch Abominations' spawned Mooks to pieces by snapping his fingers.
- As long as he is not moving, Dante in Devil May Cry 4 will make a gesture upon changing styles. If he changes to Gunslinger, he will raise both hands and snap his fingers.
- Some additional abilities (like creating clones) in Bayonetta are activated by finger snap.
- Super Robot Wars Z series: Genion GAI creates explosions with this during Nibelung Annihilation, akin to Zeorymer causing explosions.
- Master Hand in Super Smash Bros. For Wii U & 3DS has one. It's a weak attack by itself, but if you don't guard it on the ground, you will be dazed.
- In Oliver & Company, when Sykes snaps his fingers, his Doberman Pinchers attack Fagin (and Dodger, when he steps in to save his master) in the warehouse until Sykes snaps his fingers again.
- As part of the Actor Allusion to Q, Discord of My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic sometimes snaps his fingers whenever he warps reality.
- It's worth noting that this is one show where one could count the characters actually having fingers to snap... on the fingers of one hand. Lauren Faust's notes on him claim that she "cheated" a more expressive arms/legs combination out of the original dragonlike design.
- Another interesting note is that he can also do this with the fluffy "brush" at the tip of his tail.
- Jinx from Teen Titans uses this to activate her bad luck powers.
- In one episode of CatDog, a gopher did this to order a pack of vicious worms to devour their stolen property.
- This is how genies grant wishes in The Fairly OddParents.
- In an episode of The Amazing Worldof Gumball, Nicole Watterson does this to stop the chaos in her house after it has been taken over. After a psionic wave passes from the snap, she has everyone's attention and proceeds to give them a scary ultimatum which they all follow without question.