Gloved Fist of Doom

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If you only knew the POWER of the dark glove!

When the Big Bad wants to visually flex his power, he shoves his hands into big (usually black) gloves with an upward thrusting motion, then makes an evil fist (although a clawed semi-fist, as if clutching something unseen, is sometimes also done). Putting on the gloves while doing this can be optional (in an upward move similar to a Glove Snap). Actually wearing gloves while making the gesture can be optional, but the gloves seem to add gravitas to the move. For extra points, we get a scrunchy-leathery-rubbery sound effect as the fist is clenched.

Pretty much a Mad Scientist staple, but the fisted glove is also a trope of megalomaniacs in general, showing off their power.

Could also be an Evil Hand, and include a Fist of Rage. When it's a Mad Doctor performing it, it might also include a Glove Snap. When the heroes do it, it's a Bicep-Polishing Gesture. Compare Milking the Giant Cow. Not related to a Victory Fist Pump, though it may be related to the anime Fist Pump. Not to be confused with Giant Hands of Doom. Also not to be confused with the Power Fist. Or the Black Power Fist.

Examples:

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     Anime & Manga 
  • When Colonel Roy Mustang in Fullmetal Alchemist prepares to fake the killing of Maria Ross, there is a scene of him putting on his trademark "ignition gloves" in the classic evil fashion, complete with a closeup of the flame transmutation circle. Subverted in that he only pretends to kill her to create cover for her escape, using a pile of meat transmuted into a fake carcass as a decoy Ross, and thus does not do anything evil. Not that Ed knew that at the time.
  • Sakura Haruno of Naruto inverts the trope, usually with a nice Glove Snap to go with it. She's one of the good guys, but if she uses this gesture then beware.

     Comic Books 
  • This is practically a prerequisite for anyone who puts on The Infinity Gauntlet, both villain AND hero alike.
  • The aptly-named Doctor Doom does this a lot, both closed- and open-fisted.

    Films — Animated 
  • The Flying Glove from Yellow Submarine is this personified and magnified.
  • Despicable Me: Though he never dons gloves, Gru does this when he announces his plans to steal the moon.
  • Syndrome does it in The Incredibles, with a semi-closed fist (reversing the trope with white gloves).
  • Jaffar in Aladdin makes the move - sans gloves - when he turns into a genie. "ULTIMATE COSMIC POWER!"

    Films — Live-Action 

    Literature 
  • Star Wars Expanded Universe: There was a kids' EU novel titled "The Glove of Darth Vader" and it was about the eponymous glove as a Memento MacGuffin. Presumably the bad guy made this gesture some more after he found it. It was actually a literal Artifact of Doom that burned and eventually drove whoever wore it insane. Naturally the bad guys wanted it anyway.

    Live Action TV 
  • Gwendolyn Post, the evil Watcher, does this after putting on the magical power glove in the Buffy the Vampire Slayer episode "Revelations".
  • Star Trek: Voyager. In "Prototype", Unit 3947 clenches a fist when talking of how they will now destroy the enemy in their Robot War. As the emotionless android lacks the Large Ham associated with such evil ranting, it looks a bit narm.

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    Real Life 
  • Recent studies have shown that clenching one's fist in this manner does indeed increase one's sense of power and increase willpower. Especially if you're thinking evil thoughts while doing so. (see: Schubert, T.W., & Koole, S.L. (2009). The embodied self: Making a fist enhances menís power-related self-conceptions. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 45, 828Ė834.)
  • Benito Mussolini loved to do this gesture during speeches, though not always wearing gloves.

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