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- 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.
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
- The prototypical Mad Scientist, Rotwang, does this◊ in Metropolis (though he never does quite close his fist; his hand was said to have been prosthetic). Possibly the Ur-Example and Trope Maker.
- Star Wars's Darth Vader does this so often he comes close to being the Trope Codifier. "If you only knew the power◊ of the Dark Side..." "Luke, join me..."
- In what has to be an Actor Allusion, Thulsa Doom (played by James Earl Jones) does a non-gloved variant in Conan the Barbarian (1982) when lecturing Conan about the uselessness of steel compared to the hand that wields it.
- Street Fighter. General M. Bison (Raul Julia) clenches a gloved (red) fist◊ in an upward motion as he exclaims, "Pax Bisonica!"
- He also does a double-fisted one when he shouts, "Game Over!◊". He was almost as fond of this move as Darth Vader.
- The Lord of the Rings
- Boromir does this at least once while contemplating the power of the One Ring.
- As does the Witch-King during the lead-up to his dramatic reveal in Return of the King.
- Who Framed Roger Rabbit. While in the Acme factory, Judge Doom pulls on a large rubber glove before putting a Toon shoe in the Dip. (Watch it here, 4:00-5:20. He doesn't make the fist, but he does put it on menacingly.
- Parodied (sans glove)◊ by Charlie Chaplin in The Great Dictator.
- In Death Race 2000 the Flag of the United Provinces featured a gloved fist with a lightning bolt running up the side. This symbol appears all over the place in the movie.
- In Stroker Ace, Aubrey James thinks he gonna have fun diving into a Bar Brawl and pulls on his black driving gloves. Subverted when Stroker floors him with a single punch before he can jump into the fray.
- 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.
- Shockingly, Yuna does this in a moment of rebelliousness in Final Fantasy X-2.
- Magus in Chrono Trigger adjusts his gloves like this while charging a spell. There is no discernible reason why he would need to do this, but damned if it doesn't look cool.
- Ansem / Xehanort's Heartless ends his "Darkness is the heart's true essence" speech in Kingdom Hearts I with one of these.
- City of Heroes' first expansion—City of Villains—had boxart that featured President Evil Lord Recluse in the open-fisted pose. Moreover, Nazi-inspired villain (and M. Bison-lookalike) Reichsman raises a gloved fist in the middle of a fight before punching the ground with enough force to knock out Player Characters' Hit Points and Endurance. Gloved Fist of Doom, indeed.
- Illidan Stormrage does this in the opening cinematic of Warcraft III: The Frozen Throne. He's conjuring up a storm to summon minions from the bottom of the sea.
- Liquid Snake does this so frequently in Metal Gear Solid one can tell when he's doing his whole Split-Personality Takeover didjeridoo when Revolver Ocelot starts posing in this fashion◊ in Metal Gear Solid 2 and Metal Gear Solid 4. Or faking it, in the latter case.
- Not surprisingly, many of the Empire NPCs in Star Wars: The Old Republic do this often.
- The Didact in Halo 4 uses this to grip Master Chief with a constraint field, right before attempting to throw him off a bridge into a swirling Slipspace vortex.
- Doctor Steel does this near the beginning of The Dr. Steel Show, episode 2◊ (actually pulling gloves on over his gloves!), and is sometimes depicted that way in his propaganda art and [[www.doctorsteelarchives.com/wp-content/gallery/dr-steel/3644.jpg photos]].
- Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog: Dr. Horrible does it at least once, at the end of the Sing-Along Blog, just before he enters the room to join the Evil League of Evil.◊ Symbolically, they look just like Captain Hammer's gloves.
- G.I. Joe: Cobra Commander often does this.
- Masters of the Universe: Skeletor is fond of this.
- Dr. Drakken does this in Kim Possible, often two-fisted.
- In Aladdin: The Series, recurring villain Mozenrath, another Evil Sorcerer, frequently uses the Gloved Fist of Doom, and he does actually have a glove; specifically, one that gave him magic powers but turned his right hand skeletal.
- Darkseid does this on the penultimate episode of Justice League Unlimited, complete with aforementioned scrunchy-leathery-rubbery sound effect, to punctuate his announcement of his return.
- 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.◊