Meet My Good Friends "Lefty" and "Righty"
I think it's time Mr Vassikin was introduced to my friend: Mr Fist.I Call It "Vera" is when people name their guns. (Or swords, or other conventional weapons.) This trope is when people name their "guns." 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.
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Anime and Manga
- 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."
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 one episode of The A-Team, 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.
- Inverted in the Rocky pinball machine; it features two pairs of flippers, named "Left Jab", "Right Hook", "Left Hook", and "Right Jab".
- 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 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 first 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)
- In the Metal Gear Solid-based The Last Days Of FOXHOUND is the Troper Namer, Liquid Snake, who eventually reveals that he named his fists "Lefty" and "Righty".
- Goro, a muscular surgeon in The Dragon Doctors, was de-strengthed for a while and quite delighted to get her big arms back. After cracking a bug-man's back plates into alignment again, she thanks her "lovely assistants!"
- In Skin Horse, Konstantin declares his biceps have clever names. It later transpires this applies to all his muscles, and his fists of course.
- In the "Nicktoons" Nostalgia Critic review, while reviewing Hey Arnold!, Critic shows the example from that show (see Western Animation below) and says he has named his fists "Betsy" and "Pancake".
- Invoked in Episode 39 of the Yogscast's Jaffa Factory series. Sips mentions that he never carries any weapons (presumably because a big-shot CEO would rely exclusively on others for protection). Simon Lane jokingly suggests that he actually has the two lethal weapons of Lefty and Righty on him at all times. Sips says that's true, but corrects him on the names: Fuckin' A and Fuckin' B.
- Fuckin' A and Fuckin' B carried on to The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, where Sips's character, Princess Leia the lizard/wizard/fabulous prositute, has upgraded them to throw firebolts.
- 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:
Pimple Faced Kid: Are you here with your children, sir?Moe: Uh, yeah, my two kids. (holds up fists) "Screw", and "You".
- Groundskeeper Willie refers to his fists as "The Lads".
- In "I, D'oh-bot":
Jimbo: Your fists are sisters?Dolph: Yeah, "Poke-ahontas" and "Sock-a-jaw-ea".Bart: Nice save.
- In "The Man in the Blue Flannel Pants," Dolph says Bart will hear from his sisters and raises his fists.
- 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.
- 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".