There's a Braavosi knife game I can teach you. Tyrion:
Does it involve loss of fingers? Bronn:
Only if you lose.
The Five Finger Fillet is when a character places his hand palm-down on a table, spreads his fingers, and begins stabbing between them with a knife, trying to go as fast as possible without hurting himself. Screwing this up, which gets easier as the 'game' goes on, can certainly result in fingore
This can be a way to establish a character as a hardened criminal or a Knife Nut
, or just generally Badass
. However, if the work is farther to the silly side on the Sliding Scale of Silliness Versus Seriousness
, it's more likely to be done by a character who doesn't fit the usual stereotypes, playing the contrast for humor.
The game is also called "mumblety-peg", "the knife game", "nerve" and "bishop.
- Baccano!: Claire Stanfield does this for fun with Chic's scissors in "Drugs & Dominoes".
- Aliens: Bishop (pictured above) does this with his hand over Hudson's to demonstrate his superhuman reflexes. Leads to his Robotic Reveal. note 
- Surviving Picasso: As in Real Life, Picasso becomes attracted to Dora Maar when she cuts her fingers doing this
- In The Hangover: Part 2 Teddy lost his right ring finger attempting this; it was then claimed by a drug-dealing monkey. Fuckin' Bangkok.
- In Populaire, Louis Echard does this to himself in order to convince his ex-girlfriend to give piano Lessons to Rose Pamphyle. He is later seen bandaging his hand with the help of Rose.
- In Ted, Ted does this with a guy and eventually stabs the man's finger.
- A variation occurs in Neverwhere. Mr Croup places his hand against a wall and throws several razor blades at it, landing in the spaces in between. Mr Vandemar is unimpressed with the fact that he missed all his fingers.
- In the BBC documentary series Simon Schama's Power of Art, Pablo Picasso meets his future mistress Dora Maar when she cuts her fingers doing this
- In Boardwalk Empire, Jimmy expertly plays the game with his old trenchknife in "Family Limitation," establishing him as a Knife Nut who's still not over the war. Capone's unfamiliarity with the game tips Jimmy off that he wasn't really in the war.
- In an episode of Eerie Indiana involving supposed subliminal messages in punk rock bands' songs, a character du jour was seen doing this.
- The IT Crowd has Moss do this with a steak knife in one episode with surprising skill.
- The unaired pilot of Fearless has a bad guy do this to Gaia, in order to get some reaction out of her. Presumably fear, but this is Gaia we're on about.
- In a blink-and-you'll-miss-it moment in the opening episode of Red Dwarf, Petersen can be seen doing this (badly) with a pen.
- A hidden minigame in Full Throttle
- Red Dead Redemption offers this as an optional Rhythm Game, complete with wagers.
- In Chapter 4 of Tales of Monkey Island, a minor character can be seen doing this at a local bar.
- In the thief's guild in Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood a thief plays this at one of the bar tables. Sometimes he wins and admires his hand and other times he loses and licks his wound.
- The Sniper and Assassin in Super Monday Night Combat have this as one of their taunts. The Assassin uses her iconic dagger, while the Sniper uses a sub-machine gun. While doing a one-hand-stand. And while spinning.
- One of the minigames in Work Time Fun.
- It's a Simon-says mini-game in Rage.
- Marilith: When Dim and Vics are introduced, Vics stabs himself while doing this
- In Cwen's Quest, one of the new villains shows off by performing this on a fairy.
- In Gnoph, Abbey injures her fingers doing this and laments that she used to be able to do it perfectly.
- Rusty Cage's Knife Game Song (first version, full version) has gone viral and was followed by many copycats singing the song while playing the game.