"Guess I should've knocked."Gently moving aside a weapon pointed at you. Maybe the hero was caught completely off-guard, or he's being menaced by someone he can't simply strike back against, and is now backed against the wall, with something very sharp in his face. So he'll place one finger on the tip of the weapon and nonchalantly guide it out of his face. If it's really sharp and he doesn't want to risk poking himself, grasping the flat part between finger and thumb is also an acceptable method. It works equally well with a gun, perhaps better because of the lack of cutting parts. Alternately, this could be done to the hero, if he's confronting a potential ally who he doesn't trust. This trope also covers use of the line as a Stock Phrase. May be related to Barehanded Blade Block. Better than a Finger in a Barrel. Not to be confused with Artistic License – Gun Safety or I Just Shot Marvin in the Face, although the people listed under those tropes should Point That Somewhere Else.
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Anime & Manga
- Happens in Monster, by Inspector Lunge on a random mook with a gun. He simply walks up to him and pushes the gun down, and demands to speak to his boss.
- Happens in Tower of God along with an inverted Bare-Handed Blade Block, when Androssi just gentlely pushes Serena's hand aside with a non-chalant "Let's end the damage to this cultural heritage right here."
- Mahou Sensei Negima!: During their big fight, Negi has Setsuna's magic daggers hovering at Jack Rakan's throat. He decides to bite down on a couple, and the others get nervous.
- In Archie Comics' Sonic the Hedgehog #237, the Felidae Emissary does this when threatened with a spear.
Films — Animation
- It's played straight near the beginning of the fight between Cloud and Sephiroth in Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children, when he points his sword in Cloud's face while he's laid out.
- Charles Darwin gingerly moves aside a cutlass pointed at him when he first encounters the Pirate Captain and his men in The Pirates! In an Adventure with Scientists!.
- In Robin Hood, the Sheriff of Nottingham asks his henchman, Trigger not to point his crossbow at him. Trigger assures him that the safety is on. Of course, right as he says that, he pats the crossbow, accidentally setting it off.
Films — Live-Action
- Trope Namer: In Return of the Jedi, Han Solo says this to a spear-wielding Ewok threatening him for sitting up.
- In the less common villainous usage of this, Chauvelin to Sir Percy Blakeney in the 1934 film, The Scarlet Pimpernel. (Things turn a bit ugly for Sir Percy after that.)
Blakeney: The password — do we have to use force?
Chauvelin: [waving aside Blakeney's accomplice's pistol] Not at all, Sir Percy. The password is "The Channel is free."
- Doesn't work in Pan's Labyrinth. Captain Vidal aims his pistol at a wounded revolutionary, who weakly pushes it away once, twice, then rests his hand over the barrel. Vidal shoots him in the head, through his hand.
- In Thunderball, James pushes aside a rifle that Largo has casually pointed at him as a veiled threat, before taking the gun to admire it.
- In Weekend at Bernie's, Larry casually pushes aside the barrel of a would-be mugger's handgun and just keeps walking: "Aw, get your ass outta here, it's too hot!"
- In David Mamet's film Heist, Jimmy points a gun at Joe Moore.
Joe Moore: He ain't gonna shoot me?
Fran Moore: No.
Joe Moore: Then he hadn't ought to point a gun at me. It's insincere.
- Men in Black. When Agent J (who really ought to know better) points the Noisy Cricket (Itty-bitty pistol with power and recoil of a gun 50x its size) at Agent K, K immediately pushes it away so it isn't pointed at him.
- Undercover Brother. After the title character "sells out" by acting like a white man, Conspiracy Brother decides to kill him with a shotgun. When he points the shotgun at him, Undercover Brother calmly pushes the barrel aside and grabs it from him. Watch it here.
- Monkey Business. A gangster hands revolvers to both Groucho and Zeppo on two separate occasions. Both times, after he does so he immediately realizes that they are absentmindedly pointing them right at him, and grabs their hands to turn the guns aside.
- In The Mask of Zorro, Alejandro does this to Elena when she holds a rapier to his neck, and it turns into flirtation between them.
- In Sur la piste du Marsupilami, this is done by a parrot (with its talon) when a bandido puts a machete under its throat, holding the bird hostage for its master to comply.
- Captain America: Civil War: After Wanda (Scarlet Witch) throws a big kitchen knife at Hawkeye with telekinesis and it stops an inch from his face, Clint casually pushes it aside with a finger.
- In the Discworld novel Men at Arms, Sgt. Detritus (a troll) takes a siege bow (i.e. it basically fires telephone poles with blunt points on them to smash castle walls) and points it at the quartermaster in charge of the Ankh-Morpork armory. Corporal Carrot gently points the huge weapon towards the floor while persuading the man to let the Watch borrow some weapons. Naturally, the quartermaster gladly agrees, although he has a hard time getting the words out — the first word he thinks is "FIRE!"
- This becomes a bit of a running gag when Detritus points the later-refitted siege bow at pretty much anything else, with him either having it redirected or ordered to point it away or put it away. The "Piecemaker," as it is later dubbed, fires large bundles of arrows that disintegrate under the stress to form a rapidly-expanding cloud of deadly wood fragments, taking out anyone or anything that happens to be standing in that general direction, so when coupled with Detritus's shaky grasp of the concept of a safety catch it tends to make his superiors quite jumpy when the Piecemaker is pointed at anything they don't want to see completely leveled.
- In Generation Kill, Intrepid Reporter Evan Wright is given an M4 by Corporal Ray Person, who can't fire it because he's driving. While Wright never actually fires the gun, when he hands it back, he does so barrel first, which both terrifies and then irritates Person. Wright notes wryly that he was not asked to shoot ever again. (This did not make it into the HBO series)
I pass the M-4 back to Person. I hand it to him barrel first, with a round in the chamber and the safety off, causing him to rethink his policy of arming the reporter.
- Stargate SG-1: In the two-parter opening of season 7, SG-1 is captured by Anubis' First Prime, Her'ak, who announces they'll be publicly executed. When O'Neill ponders if it's a necessity for this to be in public, Her'ak puts the tip of his staff weapon under his nose, and asks if he'd rather be killed right there. To which O'Neill answers that he's fine with a public execution, while gently pushing away the weapon head — and then he rubs his fingers, since touching the tip of an activated serpent staff barehanded is unadvised.
- Rumplestiltskin from Once Upon a Time has a habit of doing this.
- Any time that Frank Burns in M*A*S*H draws a weapon, he's usually pointing it directly at someone he shouldn't. With his finger on the trigger. However, the only time this trope really comes into play is during the episode "The Bus," where Burns takes a screwdriver from a North Korean soldier who surrendered to them and accuses the POW of sabotage (he actually was fixing their broken-down bus). Burns is holding the screwdriver, and...
BJ: [gently pushes the screwdriver down] Careful, that could be loaded.
- Burn Notice. Once while Michael Westen was undercover, when racking the pistol given him by the Villain of the Week, Ruthless Modern Pirate Gerard, he inadvertently points it at the Villain, who shoves the barrel away from his face.
- The Greatest American Hero. In one episode Bill Maxwell hands Pam Davidson an M-16. When she accidentally points this weapon at Ralph, Bill pushes the barrel away.
- Only Fools and Horses. Rodney's girlfriend takes him clay pigeon shooting on her father's estate. On his first turn, Rodney stepped up to the shooting area then turned round to speak to the others, inadvertently pointing his shotgun at them. The others yelled at him to lower the barrel but because he was wearing ear protectors he couldn't hear them. Not until the girlfriend's father stepped forward and pushed the gun barrel down towards the ground did Rodney realise what he had done.
- One episode of Benson has the title character confront an armed gunman. Benson wrongly believes the gun is a fake, and just annoyedly grabs the gun out of the guy's hand, disarming him. Benson then quickly realizes that it's a real gun, and is terrified at what almost happened.
- During Cloud and Sephiroth's second battle in Dissidia: Final Fantasy, Cloud points the Buster Blade at Sephiroth when he becomes angry at him for something he said. Sephiroth just smirks and calmly moves it aside.
- An audio taunt in Age of Empires II is "Don't point that thing at me!" Emphasis is on the word "thing" not the word "me," though, so it sounds kind of strange.
- Companions in Fallout: New Vegas have amusing, character-specific reactions to having a weapon aimed at them. Cold Sniper Boone asks how the player character would like it if he stuck his rifle in their face, no-nonsense Action Girl Cass will warn the player to knock it off and Cute Bruiser Veronica will ask "Why do we always hurt the ones we love?".
- Played for laughs in Assassin's Creed II: Neither character is evil, but Bartolomeo is very enthusiastic about "introducing" Ezio to his sword, Bianca. Ezio is startled for a moment but then moves Bianca away, saying that he's "charmed" in a deadpan expression.
- In Resident Evil – Code: Veronica, Steve tries to do this while apologizing for almost shooting Claire, but she curtly whips the gun away from his hand and points it right back his face.
- Bioshock Infinite. If you point your gun at Elizabeth she will tell you "Don't point that thing at me".
- Ratchet & Clank Future: A Crack In Time: A Terachnoid does this to Ratchet when he raises his wrench at him. He then says "If you intend to manhandle me, I'll have you know I'm a level 10 wizard with melee ability." Ratchet then proceded to push his chair causing him to crash. "That hurt my pride, and my solar plexus."
- The Order of the Stick, strip #722: "Block and Tackle." During Elan's first encounter with General Tarquin, the latter bends Elan's silver rapier away from his face with the tip of a finger.
- In Rusty and Co., Plaidbeard the pirate pushes away Madeline the Paladin's hoe from under his nose with two fingers.
- In an early strip of The Inexplicable Adventures of Bob! strip, Bob is arguing with Jerry, who has him at gunpoint. Bob gets so frustrated he just unthinkingly grabs Jerry's gun out of his hand. An instant afterward, even he's amazed that he did it.
- In a strip from Schlock Mercenary, the title character explains to a recently ambushed guard that when a stranger approaches and invokes this trope, the best course of action is to open fire immediately. Considering the source (an amoral borderline psychopath who likes to reduce his enemies to ashes and then eat the remains), he might be serious or he might be trying to get the guard to start a messy firefight the next time he runs into trouble.
- In the strip "Monopolytheism" of Exterminatus Now, the team is getting ready to go into a secret base that's been taken over by demons. As they're getting ready to go in, the civilian expert they have to escort keeps pointing his gun somewhere he shouldn't be with his finger on the trigger. Although it is understandable since the scientist hasn't had any kind of weapons training like the protagonists, one wonders why they would even bother giving him a gun.
- Bugs Bunny often does this in his encounters with Elmer Fudd. In Rabbit Fire, he and Daffy Duck move the rifle back and forth between the two during the Rabbit Season Duck Season routine.
- In one encounter with Yosemite Sam, Bugs turns Sam's pistols around completely mid-argument so that Sam is pointing them at himself. It takes Sam a moment to realize when happened and turn them back around.
- The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron: Done in the episode "Win, Lose and Kaboom" when April points her bug's sharp tongue at Jimmy and orders him surrender. He then says "Never!" and hits the tongue away.
- The first time that Ezra Bridger trains with Kanan's lightsaber on Star Wars Rebels, he activates the Laser Blade a little too close to Kanan's face. He quickly pushes it aside.