When a character need 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
- "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 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)
- In Harry Potter, Dobby uses his magic abilities by snapping his fingers, which also creates a little spark effect.
- Played with in Eric where Rincewind thinks he has gained the ability to do a Bad Ass Finger Snap (to his and the reader's great surprise) to grant wishes. However it is really Hell's Evil Chancellor who is doing the magic and just making it coincide with Rincewind snapping his fingers.
- In The Baroque Cycle King Louis XIV, who is far, far, too elegant to ever snap his fingers, snaps his snuff box closed as an alternative signal.
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.
- 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.
- In Kingdom Hearts II, Saïx snaps his fingers to summon more Nobodies to fight Sora and Company.
- 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.
- 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.
- Touhou Soccer gives us Mima and her Twilight Spark, which she fires with a snap of her fingers.
- 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.
- 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.
- Jinx from Teen Titans uses this to activate her bad luck powers.