Meet My Good Friends "Lefty" and "Righty"

I think it's time Mr Vassikin was introduced to my friend: Mr Fist.
Butler, Artemis Fowl: The Arctic Incident

When people name their guns, or swords, or other conventional weapons, we have I Call It "Vera". This trope is when people name their "weapons." Or in plain English, their arms. This also sometimes happens with fists or any other body part that can be used in a fight. Usually occurs in the context of a threat, an actual fight, or just standing in front of a mirror admiring their physique (kissing optional).

Frequently Truth in Television. Has absolutely nothing to do with A Date with Rosie Palms. See I Call Him Mr Happy for when people choose to name their more...intimate body parts.

Examples

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    Anime and Manga 

    Film 
  • In Shrek the Third, Shrek jokes that if Arty doesn't agree to become king, he'll introduce him to his good friends, Persuasion and Reason. He holds up one fist at a time - "Here's Persuasion, and here's Reason".
  • In The Rundown, Travis has named his left and right legs "Thunder and Lightning". Unfortunately, he's more good at getting his ass kicked than kicking ass.
  • Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy has Ron Burgundy threaten a cameo-appearance Jack Black to fisticuffs featuring lefty and righty, or "Jack Johnson and Tom O'Leary."
  • In Spy:
    Susan: You wanna deal with Cagney and fuckin' Lacey?! (raises fists) Cagney is going in your mouth and Lacey going up your ass and they're going to meet in the fucking middle and play your heart like a fucking accordion!
  • The Abyss: One of the heroes (Blowfish) calls his right fist "The Hammer". He's a gigantic ex-Marine and boxing champion, and uses the Hammer to knock out the psychotic marine Coffey in a single (surprise) blow.
  • In the documentary Dawg Fight about the backyard boxing scene in Miami, one fighter nicknamed his fists "chicken and fries," stating that his opponents supply the ketchup.

    Jokes 

    Live Action TV 
  • 30 Rock, Jack's big Boston Irish family has a brawl:
    Jack Donaghy: [takes off jacket] I think of all the things that I've been holding inside me that I've wanted to say to you, but [puts up fists] I'm gonna let St. Patrick and St. Michael do my talking for me!
    Jimmy Donaghy: [puts up fists] You'll have to get through Tip O'Neill and Bobby Sands first!
    Eddie Donaghy: You call those fist names? [puts up fists] Say hello to Bono and Sandra Day O'Connor!
    Jack Donaghy: Those are the stupidest fist names I've ever heard.
  • In The A-Team episode "The Taxicab Wars", Murdock annoys B.A. by introducing himself as Dr. Vern, and his assistent Socky. B.A. says "This is my talking fist. His name is Knock-Out. Would you like to hear Knock-Out speak?"
  • Used hilariously during the Comedy Central Roast of Pamela Anderson. After it's all over, she steps on stage to thank the people for coming, then very bluntly draws attention to her kinda see-through shirt. After apologizing, she then states that she couldn't have been there without her two best friends, "Poncho and Lefty," points at her breasts, then enthusiastically bounced them around.
  • When Buster gets a giant hand prosthetic in season four of Arrested Development, he refers to it as "Thunder" and his regular hand as "Light Drizzle". He explains that it's because Light Drizzle will just annoy you, while Thunder will eff you up.
  • Fuller House: Guest star Macy Gray names her fists "Heaven and Hell."
  • In an episode of How I Met Your Mother Ted tells Robin that he's going to visit Sandy, a co-worker who harassed her, and that Sandy will listen to common sense and reasonable discourse. Robin asks if that's what Ted named his fists, and Ted replies that they're his feet. He's a kicker.
  • In The Daily Show, Jon Stewart apparently calls his fists Simon and Garfunkel.

    Newspaper Comics 

    Pinball 
  • Inverted in the Rocky pinball machine; it features two pairs of flippers, named "Left Jab", "Right Hook", "Left Hook", and "Right Jab".

    Professional Wrestling 
  • Santino Marella calls his biceps "Pasquale and Francesco".
  • CM Punk once called his fists "Regular and Unleaded."

    Video Games 
  • In Super Paper Mario, when Mr. L mocks Count Bleck's other flunkies in a cutscene, an angry O'Chunks offers to introduce him to "Fist Jr. an' his wee pal, Slappie!"
  • In Team Fortress 2 the Heavy's fists are his default melee weapon and can be named like all other weapons allowing this trope to be invoked by the players.
  • In Brütal Legend, a Bouncer nicknamed 'Mittens' threatens to use the only two mooks he knows can get the job done: Fear (left fist) and Pain (Right fist).
  • In Mega Man X: Command Mission Absolute Zero fights with his claws rather than weapons like everybody else. Hence, the panel where you choose which weapons to attack with names them Killer Left and Brutal Right.

    Web Animation 
  • In an Easter Egg in the Strong Bad Email "road trip", Bubs combines this with a reference to a famous Los Angeles law firm:
    Coach Z: Whaddya mean, I'm the green Bubs? If anything, you're the orange Coach Z!
    Bubs: The next person to call me "the orange Coach Z" is gonna get a free consultation with my friends Jacoby (balls up his left fist) and Meyers! (balls up his right fist)

    Web Comics 

    Web Original 

    Western Animation 
  • In Recess, Spinelli threatens a couple times to introduce students to her good friend, "Madam Fist." In The Movie, Recess: School's Out, Vince remarks that it seems to be her answer to everything.
  • Helga from Hey Arnold!, meanwhile, has "Old Betsy and the Five Avengers."
    Harold: Old who, and a the five what?
    Helga: My fists, stupid!
    Harold: Wait, your fists have names? You're confusing me!
  • In the My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic episode "The Mysterious Mare-Do-Well", Applejack calls her back legs "Bucky MacGillicuddy and Kicks McGee".
  • Bender in the initial finale of Futurama affectionately names his hands Grabby and Squeezey.
    • In a later episode, "Assie Come Home", they're instead named Gropey and Cheaty.
    • In "Into the Wild Green Yonder", he refers to his footcups as Stompy and Smashy when he offers to kill a leech.
  • The Simpsons:
    • Groundskeeper Willie refers to his fists as "The Lads".
    • In "I, D'oh-bot":
    Pimple Faced Kid: Are you here with your children, sir?
    Moe: Uh, yeah, my two kids. (holds up fists) "Screw", and "You".
    Jimbo: Your fists are sisters?
    Dolph: Yeah, "Poke-ahontas" and "Sock-a-jaw-ea".
    Bart: Nice save.
  • In the Chowder episode "The Moldy Touch":
    Mung: Funjl, if you don't release Chowder, I'll have to introduce you to my friends, (holds up fists) Mr. Fisty and his wife, Elaine.
  • A variant appears in A Charlie Brown Christmas, where Lucy says she has five good reasons for Linus to stop dragging his blanket around on stage during the Christmas pageant, and counts off her fingers as she curls them into a fist.
  • Subverted in a Robot Chicken sketch. Composite Santa has the real Santa's reindeer tied up. One of them says "you'll never get away with this", leading Composite Santa to hold up his fist and say he's got five good reasons for him to shut up. He then pulls out a revolver and shoots him five times.
  • In an episode of Kung Fu Panda: Legends of Awesomeness, Tigress makes a joke like this...and tries to explain the meaning of the joke.
    Tigress: My friends are the twins...Discipline..and Sacrifice.
    Po: Heh..I don't think they'll like me.
    Tigress: *dryly* That's okay, you'll never meet them.
    Po: OH-HOH! You made a funny!
    Tigress: *proud* That was funny, wasn't it? It has meaning on two levels: You can't meet them because they're an abstract idea and you WON'T because you're laz-
    Po: *unamused* Yeah...okay, now you're just wrecking it.
  • In the Squidbillies episode "Limbitless" Early slices off one of his tentacles breaking into a vending machine. When Granny says "Landed on a little sick, are we?" Early says "I'd butter you with a sick beatdown if I still had Ol' Smacky! Smacky was my bitch-whuppin' arm!"
  • King Julien on The Penguins of Madagascar once referred to his fists as "Righty" and "The Other Righty" (Julien's kind of a moron).
  • In Wander over Yonder Sylvia refers to her fists as "Lady Haymaker and the Duchess of Whaling" in "The Fancy Party" and "My Fair Hatey".
  • Batman: The Brave and the Bold has it as one of (if not his only) Batman's quirks: a strange obsession with calling his fists "the hammers of justice".
  • In The Fairly OddParents, when Crocker becomes a giant cheese man, he refers to his fists as Colby and Jack, then explains that they're cheese puns.

Alternative Title(s): Naming Your Body Parts

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