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"Now I'm gonna ask you ten times, Shelly, ten times..."
Micky Malnato, Bound

Eyes, teeth, tongues, throats, feet and genitalia are not the only human body parts that are extremely sensitive and fragile. Our fingers are, too. As one of our primary means of negotiating the world other than our eyes, our fingers have an abundance of nerves, making them especially vulnerable to pain. This trope includes all the nasty things that can happen to them:

  • Fingers broken one by one;
  • Fingers cut off;
  • Fingers shot off;
  • Fingers bitten off, ripped out or eaten;
  • Fingernails torn off or pulled out;
  • Long sharp objects hammered into the finger bones;
  • The hand nerves are exposed and pulled to make the fingers move;
  • Fingers crushed between heavy objects or machine parts;
  • Accidentally catching fingers in closing doors or windows;
  • Fingers jammed in a collision;
  • Fingers comedically throbbing;
  • Any combination of the above.

What makes fingers so attractive for horror writers is that unlike the eyes, we generally have ten of them. The fun lasts five times longer! And that's not counting the toes.

Also, most people can relate to finger and toe injuries, since they tend to be very common in everyday life. This makes finger severing and other injuries a lot more cringe-inducing than something as over the top as limb dismemberment or decapitation. Most people have no idea how something like that would feel, but we pretty much all can imagine what a having a section of your finger cut off would feel like, and it seems very unpleasant.

There's also the fact that in humans, fingers have the highest number of touch receptors of any part of the body, primarily as an evolutionary consequence to the human species' tool biased survival strategy that required the use of the hands. As a result, fingers are so sensitive they could even be considered to be sensory organs on par with the eyes. The loss of hands can also be extremely disabling for the same reasons above, just as the loss of an eye can be.


The same thing can also happen to the toes. This is nastier than people may assume, as losing even minor toes can cause serious damage to people's ability to walk and balance.

See Mutilation Interrogation for Cold-Blooded Torture that often involves this. For this done as a ritual, see Yubitsume. Fingers are a fairly common Creepy Souvenir.

Compare An Arm and a Leg, where an entire limb is lost; and Impaled Palm, where the handpalm is pierced by some object.

Contrast, among other things, Intertwined Fingers.


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  • Sortie En Mer is basically an interactive life jacket advertisement/Public Service Announcement, involves your character being knocked into the water and trying to stay afloat. A few minutes after you first fall in, the guy rips off his fingernail for unknown reasons. The two most common theories are that he's either invoking Slap Yourself Awake by using the pain to give him an extra push, or he's checking for hypothermia(since you wouldn't bleed from the nail bed—which he doesn't—if you're hypothermic due to lack of blood flow to your extremities).
  • In the work safety videos "Will You Be Here Tomorrow" and "Think about This", several employees sustain overly gory finger amputations, and another has their big toe severed.

    Anime & Manga 
  • The severing of a finger is just barely avoided in the anime version of ×××HOLiC when a woman who has trouble keeping promises (and has manufactured several identities for herself in order to date several men at the same time) ends up with the finger under a guillotine—it was supposed to be a trust exercise with one of her boyfriends, but the guillotine malfunctioned and was about to amputate the finger when Watanuki's tube fox intervened at the last possible moment.
  • Few times in Attack on Titan, all done to titans:
    • In ep 8, Jean escapes getting captured by a Titan by cutting its finger off and flying away.
    • In ep 17, Reiner escapes getting captured and crushed to death by the Female Titan by cuttings its fingers off.
    • In ep 25, as the Female Titan attempts to escape from Eren's Unstoppable Rage by climbing the wall of Stohess, Mikasa shows up and slices its fingers off, causing it to fall back down. Bonus points for Mikasa delivering a One-Liner to it as she falls.
    • It happens a few times to humans in the manga, too. Firstly, this is how Pastor Nick was interrogated by the Military Police. Those MP officers (including Djel Sanes) then end up having the same thing done to them when they're tortured by Levi and Hange. Much later on, in a flashback scene, it's shown that Grisha received this as part of his interrogation after he's turned into the Marley military by Zeke, his son. Good thing he ended up inheriting the power of the Attack Titan, which comes with a built-in Healing Factor. In chapter 125 you learn that Levi survived the explosion along with Zeke but not without injury as he lost two fingers and his right eye Though still able to use the 3d maneuver gear this becomes a bit of a Drama-Preserving Handicap for the final battle against Eren
  • Baccano! features, among other things: fingers being sliced off by knives, fingers being crushed by the hands of The Big Guy, fingers being ground off on railroad tracks, fingers being ripped off with ropes, and fingers being bitten off. Ryohgo Narita must really hate fingers. Of course, the aforementioned sliced-off and bitten-off fingers belong to the immortals Firo and Czeslaw respectively, so they return to their owners a few seconds after being removed, with the former not even appearing to be fazed by their removal.
  • In Beck, Ryuusuke's fingernails are removed partially as punishment for stealing a priceless guitar. Luckily, only on his strumming hand.
  • In Berserk, there is a point early on when Guts can't hold his sword, because all of his fingers have been dislocated.
  • Black Jack:
    • In the story "Tetsu of the Yamanote Line", the titular Tetsu (a notorious pickpocket) makes the mistake of stealing money from a guy who turns out to be a yakuza member, and the guy's fellow mobsters take the money back and cut Tetsu's fingers off in retaliation.
    • Kuniko's boss in the cozy little café she works in used to be a criminal, but now has retired. One of the proofs is that he has heavy scars in his hands. Who is said boss? Why, Tetsu himself!
    • In another episode, a famous Russian violinist named Morozov gets severe frostbite when he attempts to recover his prized Stradivarius violin, which he regards as his lifetime companion, in the middle of a snowstorm. Black Jack saves Morozov from dying in the snow but can't save his hands, and must amputate his fingers. Morozov takes his disgrace with surprising aplomb, and the end of the episode he's seen teaching a young boy how to play.
  • In the Black Lagoon OVA, Roberta ends up with her index and middle fingers nearly severed by a sniper shot. What does she do? Jolt her hand so they rip off completely and don't encumber her. "Ouch" doesn't even begin to describe it. And then she takes the fight to melee because she cannot shoot anymore.
  • Bleach:
    • In the manga, Loly planned to tear off Orihime's fingernails as a way to torture her.
    • Ulquiorra crushes Ishida's hand in the anime. In the manga, he actually cut it off.
  • Case Closed:
    • Happens in a case, where a Jerkass rich man whose daughter was courted by a young pianist breaks the guy's fingers to reaffirm his Parental Marriage Veto. The pianist dies of suicide afterward, and his father murders the rich old man in revenge. He almost gets to the girl, but he fails. A good thing too, since she had become a Broken Bird who still pined for her lost love.
    • Someone being subjected to this is a huge plot point in the Captured in Her Eyes movie. It's the excuse that the killer, a former surgeon who became a psychiatrist, had to kill another doctor who was The Rival to him — and who, in the past, deliberately cut the nerves of his left wrist in an operation, ruining his surgeon career. Years later, after a drunken confession from said rival, he went and killed him, and later started killing the other people involved in the investigation. And then, Ran accidentally witnessed his last attack.
  • A Certain Magical Index:
    • Touma breaks the middle and ring fingers of his right hand from the impact of destroying Othinus' spear Gungnir with a punch. He considers the injury Worth It.
    • In A Certain Scientific Railgun, Accelerator tries to grab Touma, only for Touma to counter with a punch that breaks Accelerator's index finger.
  • In City Hunter, the Silver Fox gets his trigger finger severed by Ryo Saeba's bullet, leading him to be finally defeated as he no longer can be a Professional Killer without his gun skills.
  • One of the first scenes of Darker Than Black is a really unlucky Contractor breaking his own fingers as the remuneration for his powers. Later, Hei breaks several of Havoc's fingers to try to get information out of her.
  • In episode 1 DAYS, one of Kazama's toenails came off while he was playing soccer. It isn't shown but his shoe is bloody and Sayuri faints at the sight.
  • In Dear Brother, Fukiko intentionally pushes a kenzannote  onto her half-sister Rei's hand during a flower arrangement presentation at the Sorority house. Everyone thinks it's an accident save for Nanako, who witnessed it directly; she then goes and bandages Rei's injury in front of everyone.
  • This happened in the ex-Elegant Classical Musician Mitsuru Hoshou's backstory, in Detective School Q. More exactly: due to a cruel trap from three fellow (and jealous) violinists, Mitsuru got trapped in a snowstorm and, due to the cold, her fingertips fell off. Mitsuru lost her mind and was Driven to Suicide few later.
  • Noise Marie from D.Gray-Man gets two of his fingers hit by a level 4 akumas bullet and has to cut both of them off before the blood virus spreads and kills him.
  • Dragon Ball: After Krillin and Goku have to plow fields with their bare hands as part of Roshi's training Krillin mentions that he thinks his fingernails are falling out.
  • Dragon Head: Ako fights off an Attempted Rape by biting the guy's fingers.
  • Elfen Lied: The bit during Lucy's fight with Nana where Lucy slices off not only Nana's fingers but her arms and legs as well.
  • Fist of the North Star:
    • An early example: Shin attempts to stab Kenshiro with his hand. Kenshiro simply raises an arm and holds Shin's hand as it goes through his. Then Kenshiro does the same attack on Shin, which is blocked in the same way. Kenshiro's fist was closed.
    • Much later into the story, Rei is dying from a delayed killing blow inflicted by the main antagonist, Raoh, but he wants to bring closure to his life by defeating Juda in one final battle. Toki knows of a pressure point that can extend Rei's lifespan by three days and also boost his strength, but hitting it results in an extremely painful experience for Rei, including having each and every one of his fingernails burst out of his hands one by one.
  • One panel of the second installment of the terrifying manga Fuan no Tane, "Fuan No Tane Plus", shows why it's not wise to point at ghosts.
  • Full Metal Panic!:
    • The Second Raid tried going Darker and Edgier, at least in comparison to the first two seasons of the animenote  by having Mithril interrogation specialists break The Mole's pinky finger to get him to talk. Tessa forces herself to watch. Kalinin, meanwhile, remarks that if it had been him performing the interrogation, he'd have cut the guy's fingers off.
    • In The Second Raid, Sōsuke also threatens to cut off some sap's fingers if he doesn't confess what he was trying to do to Kaname, one finger at a time. Kaname stops him before he starts, of course.
    • In the first episode of the first season, there is a scene where a young, damaged woman is actually biting her own nails to the point of actually doing harm.
      "Let me bite it or please just kill me now."
  • In Gamaran, during the battle between Gama and Ryuho Kibe, the latter already has an injured arm but is still strong enough to wield his giant steel kanabo with his remaining arm and pose a serious threat. To end the fight, Gama lures him in performing a mutual attack in which the latter is seemingly advantaged (because his weapon has a longer reach)... only to aim the sword at his hand, severing all his fingers and depriving him of his weapon.
  • In the last chapter of The Garden of Sinners, Ryougi Shiki bites off her thumb to squeeze her left (artificial) hand out of her cuffs.
  • Played for laughs in Gintama when an annoyed Gintoki points a finger at a similarly annoyed Kagura while he lectures her, only for her casually snap it using two of her own once he finishes.
  • In Great Teacher Onizuka, one of the kids whom the new Principal was using as a pawn went a little overboard in his actions; when, to protect herself, she disavowed their relationship, he began biting the nail on his thumb to the point of drawing blood.
  • In Gunsmith Cats, lead character Rally Vincent is a sharpshooter whose trademark trick shot is to shoot (usually severing) the thumb of an enemy to disarm them, a shot affectionately referred to as the "thumbsnatcher."
  • Hellsing has multiple cases, but the most memorable is in the 7th volume/OVA when Vampire Seras is being punched in the face by Zorin Blitz. She bites into the fist and rips the fingers right off at the knuckles. The stumps get an entire moment of shaking bloody animation while the biter spits out the fingers in high quality.
  • Hetalia: Axis Powers: During their date, Belarus breaks Lithuania's fingers in retaliation for him being Russia's "favorite". Completely Played for Laughs.
  • High School Of The Dead: In the first chapter, a teacher's fingers get bitten off by one of "them" and then spit to the ground.
  • Hunter × Hunter: In a tactically important, bone-breaking dodge ball match Hisoka manages to stop an extremely fast dodgeball, breaking two fingers in the process. And by the end of the match all his fingers are broken.
  • Happens countless times through JoJo's Bizarre Adventure. Diamond is Unbreakable, for example, had a story in which Josuke uses a shapeshifting alien to cheat on a game of dice against Rohan. It soon becomes obvious that the game is rigged, but Rohan can't understand how and cuts his own finger in frustration, threatening to do the same to Josuke when he figures out his trick.
    • At one point in Battle Tendency, Esidisi extracts his own blood vessels to splash his boiling blood in Joseph's face. He does this by opening up his fingernails.
  • This scene from Kaiji. Later, he gets a screw inserted under every single one of his fingernails.
  • Katanagatari: Nanami forced her brother out of his nail-biting habit by tearing off his fingernails when they were both still children.
  • In one episode of Madlax, Ninja Maid Elenore breaks a guy's fingers after he makes a fatal mistake of trying to force himself upon her Ojou Margaret. Vanessa's comment? "How vicious."
  • Played for Laughs in Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha ViVid Yonkoma spin-off where Sein pranks Vivio and her friends by using her Intangible Man powers to make it look like she cut all her fingers off while hosting a cooking class.
  • In Medaka Box, Mogana Kikaijima (the Absurdly Powerful Student Council's treasurer) rips out one of her own fingernails to avoid falling victim to an enemy's hypnosis power; when she realizes that his Psychic Powers cause him to feel "feedback" from nearby people, she rips out three more, causing the assailant to pass out from the pain.
  • In Mezzo Forte, Kurokawa gets a fingernail or two pried off with a screwdriver when he runs afoul of the bad guys.
  • In Monster, Grimmer is tortured by Inspector Zeman, an ex-Czech secret police agent. Zeman takes a pair of nail clippers and one by one mutilates Grimmer's fingernails as he interrogates him. Zeman and his cronies meet a nasty end when Johan appears and Grimmer's alternate personality, the Magnificent Steiner, is awakened.
  • MW: When Shunsaku Ban is being tortured for information, they (among other things) STICK NEEDLES UP HIS FINGERS. LONG, LONG, NEEDLES. And that doesn't even compare to what happens after they get what they want from him.
  • Naruto:
    • Shikamaru breaks his finger to release himself from a paralyzing illusion, as physical pain is a basic counter to these sort of things. (How, you ask, if he's paralyzed? With his shadow.)
    • Also Naruto himself, in his attempt to beat Neji in the Chuunin Exam by digging a hole, damaged his fingers to the point that they were bleeding from the nail beds. Worth it, though.
  • One Piece:
    • It has a truly painful scenes during the Drum Island arc where Luffy has to carry both Nami and Sanji up a ridged but almost perfectly vertical cliff and when he loses his grip he starts sliding down and he has to dig his finger into to get it back which grate across a lot of the rocks and get incredibly bloody.
    • Later on, during Robin's battle against Yama he tries to violently grab her, but she uses her powers to snap his fingers backward in a painful-looking way.
    • A mild example, but Luffy has to bite into his thumb so he can blow air into it to use Gear Third.
  • In Penguindrum's twelfth episode, we get a close up of Keiju Tabuki's hand — which has a rather large scar near to the fingers. In episode 18, we learn the reason why: Tabuki deliberately harmed his fingers as a kid using the lid of his old piano, in a desperate and misguided attempt to fight off his mother's psychological abuse. (The poor kid thought that, if he harmed his hand, she'd stop pressuring him to become a pianist and love him the way he was.) It didn't work.
  • Probably the only positive example on this page: In Pet Shop of Horrors, a dog sold to the child of a musically focused family bites the girl's fingers so she can no longer play the piano. However, the girl actually hated the constant stress of having to live up to her family's high standards. With pianos out of the picture, she becomes able to choose her own path.
  • Flashbacks of Gahui's past in Redrum 327 show her hands bandaged and the tips of her fingers bloodied from trying to escape the safe she had been locked in for a week.
  • Rurouni Kenshin:
    • When confronted with the supposed treachery of Hoji, blind psychopath Usui rips off one of his fingernails to determine if he's telling the truth. Hoji then bites off six more to "punish himself".
    • In the anime, Usui breaks a finger, then Hoji stabs it. Still pretty unpleasant.
  • Sakura Gari:
    • Sakurako subjects the painter Terashima to this, via crushing his hand with a stone. And then she pushes him down the stairs.
    • After Dr. Katsuragi rapes and tortures Masataka, he sticks Masataka's hand into a pot of boiling tea, yelling at him to "get away from Souma!" This gives Masataka an opening and he throws the pot into Katsuragi's eyes; as the other covers his burned face, Masataka manages to escape to the Saiki household.
  • Samurai Champloo has Mugen performing an interrogation. Eventually, Mugen starts to get bored of breaking individual fingers and decides to "break 'em all!"
  • In Shakugan no Shana, Friagne gloats over having downed Shana and Yuji and slowly aims a gun at Shana's head. Before he can pull the trigger, Shana throws a shard of glass that severs his fingers and makes him drop the gun.
  • In Shy, the hero Stardust mentions that he cut of the finger of his friend when the latter was under the influence of a ring that turned him into a monster and couldn't be removed by normal means.
  • In Soul Eater, when Mifune and Black Star get into a Blade Lock, Mifune grabs Black Star's first two fingers and breaks them.
  • At the end of the first volume of the Super Mario Land arc in Super Mario, Mario's fingers start bleeding from clicking the Game Boy buttons too fast.
  • In Sword of the Stranger when Kotarou is captured by the Ming he bites the finger of the one who grabbed him, the guy punches him to make him let go which causes him to sever his finger.
  • Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann: In the prison, the bird-based Beastman pierces through Viral's hand entirely with his talons while trying to get his attention. Viral's immortality led to the resulting injuries healing right away, but still. Ouch.
  • In Tokyo Ghoul, this is a major aspect of the torture Kaneki is subjected to by Yamori while held prisoner for 10 days in his Torture Cellar. The sadistic Ghoul uses a pair of pliers and resolves to see how long it will take to fill a bucket with Kaneki's severed fingers and toes.
    Kaneki: [narrating] My fingers and toes regrew as if they were nails and hair over and over and over and over and over. They regrew every time. And I felt like I was truly a monster.
  • Trigun has Wolfwood shoot Livio in the hand, leaving him with horrible, jagged bones sticking out. Livio stabs himself in the opposite arm with them later.
  • In Tsubasa -RESERVoir CHRoNiCLE-, Sakura gets her nails ripped off in the Acid Tokyo arc while she's trying to stop herself from sliding down a sheer cliff and get one of the lost feathers.
  • In the yaoi manga Under Grand Hotel when Sen gets his lunch he finds someone's cut off finger among the french fries.
  • During the Protoporos Island arc of Usogui, main character Baku chops off one of his own fingers in order to win an Absurdly High-Stakes Game of Chopsticks. He then specifically refuses to get it re-attached so that his opponents will always be aware of the insane lengths he'll go to win.
  • An early chapter in Uzumaki had a scene where a protagonist's mother used scissors to cut her fingerprints off due to her not-so-irrational fear of spirals.
  • In Vinland Saga, the two most notable instances of fingore are Thorfinn cutting off two of Thorkell's fingers with a dagger and Askeladd clipping off the fingers of an English captain with scissors, but there's also a lot of it in the background.
  • Vision of Escaflowne The Movie had Folken telekinetically breaking Dilandau's fingers.
  • This happens to The Voynich Hotel's Kuzuki towards the end of the series, when yakuza from his Dark and Troubled Past torture him. They also put out his eye, his ear and some of his teeth, for good measure. And then, Kuzuki's Violently Protective Girlfriend Elena finds out...
  • When They Cry:
    • Higurashi: When They Cry:
      • Shion had to tear off three of her own fingernails to earn forgiveness from her Yakuza grandmother Oryuu, and later her twin Mion willingly tore three of hers off due to her guilt. One of the best scenes of that arc, and part of the reason that no one will forgive Granny Oryuu. One of the TIPS reveals that Mion & Shion's mother Akane had this done to her after the disagreement/sword fight she had with Evil Granny over Akane's choice of marriage. It also reveals that Oryuu herself had this done to her at some point when she was young, for some unrevealed transgression. Looks like this is a standard form of Corporal Punishment in the Sonozaki family.
      • There's also a scene involving fingers and the other kind of nails: one character prepares to drive long metal nails through every finger joint in another character's hands, for a total of 15 nails per hand.
      • In the opening from episode 9, we see a corpse that had metal nails driven through every one of the finger joints on the right hand.
      • The door-slamming scene in Onikakushi where Rena tries to get Keiichi to unlock his door and he slams her hand in the door. The next day her fingers are bandaged. This one's made even worse when you find out who the real crazy one is and exactly why Keiichi sees Rena repeating "I'm sorry" over and over shortly afterward.
      • One of both Shion and Keiichi's hallucinations in the Watangashi and Meakashi manga were related to the finger scenes.
    • Umineko: When They Cry has Rosa's hands shatter (like pottery) from the wrist downward as her Creepy Child daughter Maria finally snaps and epically calls her out on all of her abuse.
  • Wolf Guy - Wolfen Crest:
    • Haguro punishes a mook who seriously failed him by taking away his finger, as the Yakuza rules demand. But rather than using something sharp he uses a metal ring he is wearing, grinding the mook's finger against the floor until it comes off.
    • Post Aoshika's release from her chains and during Inugami vs. Haguro's battle, Haguro gets to slice two of Inugami's fingers, and he eats them in an insane attempt to confirm Haguro is a superior beast to Inugami.
    • It gets even worse when Haguro slices off four more of Inugami's fingers - and an entire arm!
  • It never gets carried out, but Yu-Gi-Oh! has Mokuba's first appearance seeing him threatening to cut off Yugi's finger with a knife if he loses their game of Capsule Monster Chess.
  • In YuYu Hakusho, Kuromomotaro has the ability to slowly cancel out Hiei's attacks one by one and to make sure his sword is useless intentionally wounds himself with it. In the original manga, he sliced off three of his own fingers to do so. That was apparently a bit too graphic for the anime, so they changed it to him simply cutting his arm with it instead.
  • In Zombie Powder, a villain cuts off all the fingers of someone he's interrogating even after he gets the information.

    Audio Plays 
  • On We're Alive, Scratch cuts off Burt's finger while trying to extract information from him.

    Comic Books 
  • In Button Man, a disgraced button man can leave a "marker", i.e. a finger in lieu of being killed (unless something else has been agreed. However, a button man only has three markers, after that, it's death.
  • The DCU:
    • In Infinite Crisis, Alexander Luthor Jr. loses an index finger when the heroes fire energy at his hands through the portal he created.
    • In Death of the Family, Joker has Barbara Kean-Gordon hostage. He cut off her index finger with a ring on it, presents it to young Barbara Gordon, and asks her if she'll marry him.
    • The Dark Knight Returns shows the extreme measures of the Sons of The Batman, a vigilante splinter group of the Mutants. One member stops a robbery at a 7/11 by shooting the robbers dead with a shotgun. He then cuts off the worker's fingers for not trying to stop them.
    • In The Supergirl From Krypton 2004, Kara Zor-El wanders confused into an alley, and is spotted by three workers. One of them mistakes her for a prostitute and reaches for her. Kara grabs his hand and accidentally crushes two fingers of his.
    • In Superman storyline The Jungle Line, the Man of Steel has been infected with Bloodmorel disease, which causes hallucinations and eventually death, and Swamp Thing enters his mind to calm him down. Unfortunately, when he taps on his shoulder, Superman spins around, and mistaking him for an enemy, grabs his hand and crushes his fingers. Good thing Swamp Thing can heal any damage.
    • Grant Morrison's JLA sees that Batman in the Bad Future of "Rock of Ages" is missing parts of some of his fingers as the result of Dessad's torture.
  • Hack/Slash starts right off with Cold Blooded Torturer Dr. Gross cutting Cassie's toes off one by one. He got three before she was rescued.
  • One of the interrogation techniques employed by the protagonist of Warren Ellis' Jack Cross is shooting a suspect's fingers off one by one.
  • In King City, the drug "chalk" eventually turns its users into more chalk. One character who's started the transformation breaks off his own finger and sells it to a buddy in need of a fix.
  • In the graphic novel Level Up, the protagonist recalls his kindergarten teacher accidentally severing her finger with a paper-cutter.
  • The Life and Times of Scrooge McDuck: In The Buckaroo of the Badlands, when Scrooge gets robbed by Jesse James and his henchman, he tricks them into thinking there are precious gems hidden inside his heirloom dentures. While the bandits are fiddling with the dentures, Scrooge slams his fist on the dentures and breaks the bandits' fingers, preventing them from using their guns and forcing them to retreat.
  • Marvel Universe:
    • Doctor Strange's origin is based on a car accident ruining his hands and ending his career as a world-class surgeon. The extent of the damage runs from "near-crippling" to "purely psychosomatic," but from time to time people have broken his hands again for additional pathos. The Hulk physically crushed them both in World War Hulk, though Strange somehow made them usable again in later series. Currently, they're damaged again, though he still has a limited range of motion.
    • The Ultimates: Hawkeye is deadly with anything he can throw at his enemies. When he was captured, they tied him with nothing next to his hand. He then ripped his own fingernails and used them as projectiles.
    • Deadpool got his middle finger sliced off during his first fight with Taskmaster. Its failure to regenerate was part of what tipped him off that his Healing Factor was on the fritz.
    • In Punisher: Noir, real-life mobster Dutch Schultz cuts off an underling's finger with a cigar cutter when he fails to squeeze protection money out of Frank Castelione's store. We later see that he's got a whole box full of severed fingers because his men just can't get Castelione to give up that cash.
    • Fantastic Four: Doctor Doom once had his hands crushed by The Thing. As as a result, he hates Ben Grimm almost as much as he hates Reed Richards.
  • In Nailbiter the modus operandi of the eponymous Edward Warren involves chewing off the fingernails of his victims before killing them.
  • The Corinthian, a nightmarish being from Neil Gaiman's The Sandman, bites off a punk's fingers with his eyes (which happen to be little mouths).
    Joe-Bob: My fingers, man. Oh God. Oh God.
    Dougie: His eyes! Joe-Bob, look at his eyes!
    Joe-Bob: Holy shit, Dougie... He bit off my fingers with his eyes.
  • In Sweet Tooth Johnny shoots off all of Abbot's left fingers after Abbot threatens him.
  • The Walking Dead:
    • When Rick discovers that Thomas is the serial killer at the prison who previously murdered two innocent little girls, he goes berserk and unleashes a ruthless No-Holds-Barred Beatdown on him. It comes at a cost though: the beatdown on Thomas is so severe that Rick winds up ruining his own right hand in the process, breaking several bones, causing one finger to nearly fall off, and even getting a tooth stuck in one of the other fingers. Later on after the Governor first shows up, he sees how damaged Rick's hand has become and decides to "help" him with it by having the entire hand amputated.
    • Later on, when the group is dealing with The Hunters, Rick gets them to surrender by having Andrea snipe their leader's finger off.
  • Watchmen has the thing where Rorschach breaks some guy's fingers to get information.
    Rorschach: I have just broken this man's little finger. Who killed Edward Blake?
    [silence, horrified stares]
    Rorschach: [SNAP] And his index finger. Who killed Edward Blake?
  • In The Punisher MAX, Barracuda loses all the fingers on his right hand (but not the thumb) just past the knuckle when he first attacks Frankp. He's not too bothered by it until Frank tells him he can't get them reattached because he put them directly on ice, killing the nerve endings.
  • Saga:
    • Klara bites off one of Dengo's fingers while fighting him.
    • The Will gets the fingers on his right hand chopped off by Ghus. He later has a cybernetic prosthesis replace his hand.
  • In Peter Cannon: Thunderbolt (2019), Thunderbolt reacts to being attacked by Supreme Justice by breaking his fingers one by one. This is a clear reference to Rorschach's notorious methods in Watchmen, showing that, although Thunderbolt is an expy of Watchmen's Ozymandias, he has also acquired Rorschach's casual brutality (and Dr Manhattan's emotional detachment).

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    Fan Works 
  • Abraxas (Hrodvitnon): In the Exposition Beam from San which shows Vivienne his memories from ancient times, the ancient Bone Singer who communicated with Ghidorah while it was frozen in ancient Antarctica has fingers frostbitten from exposure.
  • In Amazing Fantasy, Peter baits the leader of the Rocket Racer Gang into punching a brick wall with his rocket-powered glove. Since the glove wasn't designed to hit anything harder than the human body, his hand is horribly mangled after it goes right through.
  • Betray Me Not: A heavily mutated necrolyzer in Of Debt Bondage and Determination has his fingernail shot off.
  • In Child of the Storm: Ghosts of the Past, Natasha ends up slicing off Yelena's thumb during a Knife Fight. The latter is so hyped up on enhancers that she doesn't seem to notice.
  • In Hellsister Trilogy, Nemesis grabs Duplicate Man's left hand and crushes his fingers before sending a surge of energy through his hand.
    Nemesis grabbed his left hand, grinned, and pressured it hard, sending a burst of mystic energy through it.
    Ord Quelu screamed in pain, despite himself.
  • In The Lunar Guardsman Luna bites off one of Raegdan's fingers. The one who is wholly disturbed and doesn't want to go through with it is Luna herself.
  • In Thousand Shinji, Shinji lost a finger when Asuka had a seizure. Trying to prevent her from biting her own tongue off, he introduced his left hand into her mouth, and she accidentally cut his little finger off.
  • While fighting Him in The Utonium Trials, Buttercup loses three fingers on her right hand. They were cut off by His pinchers while she was trying to protect her neck.
  • In Guardians, Wizards, and Kung-Fu Fighters, Vathek loses several fingers during the Battle of the Meridian Plains.

    Films — Animation 

    Films — Live-Action 
  • In the opening scene of 13 Sins, Professor Solomon hacks the finger off the hostess of his testimonial dinner with a steak knife.
  • In .45, Big Al cuts Jose's fingers off with a meat cleaver after he sees Jose coming on to his girlfriend Kat.
  • In The 6th Day, Arnold's character shot the female goon in the hand taking out her fingers and later used her thumb to infiltrate the cloning laboratory.
  • 71: Into the Fire had one of the titular seventy-one soldiers losing his thumb to the reload gauge of his M1 Garand rifle.
  • Bud in The Abyss almost loses his fingers in the attempt to stop an automatic pressure door from closing. His saving grace: His titanium wedding ring that he wanted to flush down the toilet a few scenes earlier.
  • Lauren gets part of her hand blown off by a shotgun blast when the thugs invade the house in The Aggression Scale.
  • The Air I Breathe: The gangster "Fingers" acquired his nickname because of his habit of removing the fingers of those who don't pay him their debts.
  • Picasso's first victim from Alex Cross is paralyzed and then tortured by having all of her fingers cut off.
  • In Anatomy they have someone turned into an anatomic model while he's alive; they show how the hand nerves make the fingers move among other things. He's obviously nonplussed as he wakes up during the procedure.
  • Assassin's Creed: Much like Altair before him, Aguilar's ring finger is severed during his Assassin induction. Interestingly, this should not have been necessary, as the Hidden Blade was modified in the 13th century so as to no longer require such a sacrifice.
  • The Assignment: In the very last scene, it's revealed that Frank cut off Jane's fingers after shooting her (presumably so she couldn't do surgery ever again).
  • In Asylum: Blackout, first George suffers an accident with a meat slicer, then later Harry Greene bites off his own finger in front of George.
  • The Babadook: During one of her episodes, Amelia bites her own finger down to the bone.
  • Berlin Syndrome: Clare briefly gets out of the apartment with the keys after stabbing Andi's hand, pinning it onto the table using a screwdriver and running for help. Andi slams her hand in the door she's trying to open outside then drags her back.
  • The Big Lebowski: A severed toe with nail polish on it is delivered to the rich Lebowski by a gang of nihilists who claim to have kidnapped his wife — they didn't. Walter doesn't buy it, claiming he could get a toe — with nail polish on it — easily. We later see one of the nihilists is missing one of her toes.
  • In a Taxi Driver homage, Korean film A Bittersweet Life has someone lose a couple of fingers to a 9mm bullet.
  • In Black Hawk Down a group of US soldiers is advancing through the city when one of them has his gun shot out of his hands, snapping his index finger so badly that it's left hanging by an inch of skin.
  • Black Robe has the title character's finger slowly sliced off with a sharpened shell. No discretion shot.
  • Black Swan might make viewers afraid of doing manicure, due to several scenes with the removal of cuticules and aggressive nail-cutting.
    • Black Swan was a regular Fingore buffet-table; fingers are clipped, cut, scratched, smashed, broken, twisted, and effing peeled.
  • Blade Runner. Roy Batty breaks two fingers on Deckard's hand to punish him for killing Zhora and Pris. A few moments later he shoves a nail through his own hand to restore feeling to it as he nears the last moments of his lifespan.
  • In Blue Iguana (2018), Arkady cuts Deacon's left pinkie finger off while demanding to know the whereabouts of the titular diamond.
  • In Body of Lies, Leonardo Di Caprio's character is tortured by terrorists and has his fingers beaten to a pulp with a hammer.
  • Rocco from The Boondock Saints loses two of his fingers during the course of the movie — one to Il Duce during the big shootout that the brothers have with him, and one to Yakavetta at point blank range with a .357 Magnum shortly before the mafia boss decides to just kill him.
  • Bound has Shelly's finger cut off just off screen with pruning shears. Violet almost has her fingers cut off with the same shears, too.
  • In The Burning during the infamous raft scene the killer cuts off several of one of the camper's fingers with garden shears.
  • The Candy Snatchers: When Avery tries to reach for a gun in his drawer, Alan kicks the drawer shut on his hand until his fingers are covered in blood.
  • Lippy: One of the apparent penalties the two girls get for stealing lipstick is that they each have to lose a finger.
  • In Casino, Ace's guards use a hammer to smash a cheater's hand.
  • In Chai Lai Angels: Dangerous Flowers, Kong orders Gus's finger cut off so it can be used as a Finger in the Mail. Katherine misunderstands the order and cuts off Kong's finger.
  • Cheap Thrills has an eccentric billionaire who offers two down-and-out losers $25,000 to whoever is willing to cut off a pinkie in the name of entertainment. Craig accepts the money in exchange for having his pinkie cut off. The lost digit is momentarily forgotten and rediscovered when the neighbor's dog chokes to death on it. In a later challenge, the billionaire offers $50,000 to whoever eats the finger, and Craig ends up eating his own pinkie.
  • In Circus, Bruno displays his displeasure with Don by having Moose break Don's fingers before firing him.
  • In Cold Prey 2, the Mountain Man gets two of his fingers blown off with a shotgun. This doesn't seem to cause him much pain - it just makes him angry.
  • In Cradle of Fear, Nikki starts to slide her hand into the top of Melissa's panties, then screams as she loses two fingers to Melissa's Fetus Terrible that chooses that moment to be born.
  • The Krites from Critters get their first taste of human when one bites several fingers off the daughter's boyfriend Steve.
  • Darkman:
    • The movie has an awesome (from an evil point of view) scene when the Big Bad used a cigar cutter to chop off someone's finger.
      Robert Durant: Now, let's consider my points, one by one. One. I try not to let my anger get the better of me.
      [Durant cuts off one of Black's fingers; Black starts to sweat]
      Robert Durant: Two. I don't always succeed.
      [Durant cuts off another of Black's fingers]
      Robert Durant: Three. I've got seven more points.
      [Durant cuts off Black's third finger; Black screams]
    • Not to mention during Peyton's torture and mutilation we see his hands being forced onto a pair of electrodes, which causes the skin on them to be destroyed leaving the muscle and bone exposed in surprisingly graphic detail. When Peyton sees his unbandaged hands for the first time he's understandably horrified.
      Peyton/Darkman: They took my hands!
    • In a later scene, Peyton and his girlfriend are at a local carnival where he spots a milk bottle toss and wants to Win Her a Prize, the biggest, pinkest elephant they have. After his third toss knocks down the bottles, the carny refuses to give it to him... and sends Peyton into a rage. Peyton grabs his two fingers and twists them backward with a Sickening "Crunch!".
  • Satan bites the tip of Guerrero's finger while torturing him in Hell in Dead in Tombstone.
  • During the climactic battle at the end of Die Hard 2, John McClane bites one of Col. Stuart's fingers off.
  • Practically a Running Gag in Demons, with digits being variously bitten off, shot off, crushed against a doorframe, and stuck in the spokes of a motorcycle. Not to mention fingernails splitting bloodily when the newly-infected sprout claws.
  • Dinner for Schmucks: At the dinner, the swordsman-schmuck takes a finger off in one blind swing. And then a vulture grabs that finger.
  • Early in District 9, Wikus is losing several fingernails. Later, he cuts off a thumb with an axe.
  • The eponymous hero of Django gets his fingers trampled by a dozen horses as a punishment for stealing gold from the gang of Mexicans after having helped them steal it from the army in the first place.
  • In Doctor Strange, the eponymous character gets into a major car accident in the beginning of the movie that cripples his hands and leaves very noticeable scars on his fingers which never fully heal and hand tremors that never fully go away, which ruins his career as a neurosurgeon. He also gets splints drilled into his hands to immobilize them.
  • Doll Factory: Melvin slices off at least one of Yegor's fingers in a sword fight with him. Yegor regenerates it.
  • In the final fight of Duel to the Death, Ching Wan tries to grab Hashimoto's blade out of desperation when Hashimoto goes to stab him. Hashimoto responds by simply rotating the blade, severing all of Ching Wan's fingers on that hand.
  • Dust Devil: The Dust Devil severs the fingers of his victims, and keeps them in a jewel box.
  • Dying Breed: When Rebecca puts her hand up to Rowan's face, he bites off two of her fingers.
  • Not inflicted on a living person, but in Eastern Promises, Nikolai cuts a corpse's fingertips off quite candidly to prevent identification.
  • In The Escapist, Rizza hands a Sinister Shiv made from a melted plastic comb to one of his defaulting customers and gives him the choice of cutting off his thumb or three fingers. The jumpy con chooses his thumb.
  • In Fantastic Four, Doctor Doom captures Reed Richards by freezing him in ice, then sadistically bends his fingers the other way. Luckily, they don't snap off, but Reed groans in agony.
  • Hong Kong movie called Fatal Move where an evil mob boss tortures someone for information by removing their fingernails and teeth.
  • Fear City: The killer cuts off the fingers of his first victim with a pair of scissors.
  • In Les Femmes de l'ombre, the Nazis attempt to elicit information from a captured member of La Résistance by crushing her fingers one by one. It works.
  • In The Final, Emily offers the Alpha Bitch one chance to avoid getting tortured: cut off all of Bradley's fingers in exchange for her own safety. When she refuses, Emily offers the same deal to Bradley, who accepts.
  • In Five Fingers, terrorists kidnap a pianist whom they have mistaken for a CIA agent and cut off the fingers of his right hand one by one during his interrogation.
  • Five Fingers of Death has this as part of a Coldblooded Torture sequence, when the hero is subjected to having his fingers hit repeatedly by two clubs held by the Co-Dragons.
  • About halfway through the Cronenberg remake The Fly, Seth realizes that something is going badly with his experiment when he nibbles on his nails (an established nervous habit) and one of them comes off in his mouth. He manually pulls another one off (they both come away very easily) and squeezes the denuded fingertip, causing pus to squirt out.
  • Following, Christopher Nolan's first film, uses this in a major plot point: one of the characters claims that she witnessed a mob punishment of the Loan Shark variety where a man had all his fingers smashed before they killed him. At the end she gets a Karmic Death, having all her fingers smashed by the villain.
  • In the 1942 movie For Me and My Gal, set during WWI, Gene Kelly plays a rising vaudeville star who slams his hand in the lid of his steamer trunk, intending to injure his hand enough to avoid the draft, because he's just landed a contract on Broadway. He miscalculates and damages the tendons, making the injury permanent.
  • In Four Rooms, this is played for laughs in the Penthouse. Chester Rush asks Ted to bring him a chopping board, a hatchet and a bucket of ice for a bet that he's holding with his friend Norman, inspired by an episode of Alfred Hitchcock Presents. If Norman can light a Zippo 10 times in a row, he keeps his finger and wins Chester Rush's car. If he fails, he gets his finger cut off immediately by Ted (and then they'll take him to the hospital to get it re-attached, hence the ice). At first, Ted's reluctant to do it, but $1,000 changes his mind. The bet starts and he fails on the first try. Ted slices off his finger immediately, grabs the money and walks away calmly with a big smile on his face. Everyone else panics.
  • In Freddy vs. Jason, Freddy Krueger cuts off all Jason's fingers on his right hand with his own machete.
  • Gang of Roses: Getting tired of the sheriff's equivocation, Left Eye shoots one of his fingers off.
  • In A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night, the titular Girl bites off Saeed's finger.
  • Kovacs's fingers are severed when Jopling slams a door on them in The Grand Budapest Hotel.
  • In Grindhouse, Dakota Block accidentally breaks her own fingers in an attempt to open a car door, then later fixes them by cracking her knuckles (Yeah, it's that kinda movie).
  • In The Handmaiden, Uncle Kouzuki cuts off the fingers on one of Fujiwara's hands with a paper cutter.
  • In The Hangover Part II, Teddy loses a finger by attempting the Five-Finger Fillet.
  • One of the mob has his fingers crushed in a piano as punishment in Harlem Nights.
  • In Headless Horseman, Seth raises his hand in an attempt to ward of the Horseman's axe. Instead, it cuts off his fingers.
  • In Heathers, Veronica shoots off J.D.'s middle finger during their confrontation in the boiler room.
  • In Hellraiser: Inferno, the Engineer serial killer is keeping a young boy captive and cuts off his fingers one by one so he can leave them behind as calling cards at his crime scenes. It's later revealed that the boy is the lead detective's mangled spirit, being destroyed by his own dark side, the killer.
  • Help!: The others can't understand why Ringo won't let them just cut off his finger.
  • The Hitcher:
    • One of the most infamous scenes involves Jim finding a severed finger in his French fries.
    • The sequel The Hitcher II: I've Been Waiting has a shoutout to that scene with Jack cutting off his own finger and casually tossing it into a deep fryer.
  • Abby from Hobo with a Shotgun gets a pretty serious treatment of this near the end of the movie with a lawnmower when she tries to rescue the hobo and she retaliates against Drake by stabbing him with the jagged bones on her damaged hand.
  • In Holy Motors, an extra gets her fingers bitten off by a gnome.
  • Almost happens in Home Alone when Harry attempts to bite off Kevin's fingers as revenge for the torture he and Marv went through. However, Old Man Marley stops Harry by hitting him in the head with his shovel.
    • However, during the filming, Macaulay Culkin (who played Kevin) did get one of his fingers accidentally bitten by Joe Pesci (who played Harry) which left a permanent scar.
  • A character in Hostel loses a couple of fingers and later gets revenge by maiming the villain.
  • House of the Witch: When Taylor notices that she can stick her finger into the mirror in the foyer, she decides to stick her whole hand in, which results in said hand getting grabbed by something. The others pull her out, but by then, one of her fingers was cut off in the mirror.
  • House of Wax remake: Finger + pliers = OH MY GOD, OW.
  • Hush: Maddie's hand gets totally mangled when the killer traps it in a sliding door and gives it several stomps.
  • In the horror film Husk, the possessed victims hammer nails through their fingers, and then use their hands as weapons.
  • In I Bought a Vampire Motorcycle, the demon-possessed motorcycle cuts a priest's fingers off with its brake lever, when he touches it incautiously.
  • In Jane Austen's Mafia! a mob boss gets his index and middle finger cut off by getting them caught in a shotgun and they fire through the barrel like bullets, it's played in a cartoonish manner so there's no blood.
  • Jason Goes to Hell: The Final Friday: Protagonist is in jail and needs answers from the bounty hunter. The Jerkass bounty hunter decides that for every question, the protagonist must have one finger broken.
  • What leads to Quint's death in Jaws is when one of Hooper's oxygen tanks falls from its mooring in the now sinking Orca and lands on his hand.
  • In John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum, John manages to get facetime with the head of the High Table and begs him to call off his excommunicado. The two come to a deal but the Elder also forces John to cut off his ring finger as a price.
  • In Jungle 2 Jungle, Russian mob boss Jovanovic does this to people who displease him, and is about to do this to Richard for supposedly cheating him when Mimi Siku intervenes.
  • In K-19: The Widowmaker, a torpedoman gets his hand caught in a winch during a drill. Extra points for blood spattering the lens.
  • Kingsman: The Secret Service: During his One-Man Army action sequence, Lancelot shoots off a mook's finger with his gun.
  • In Kiss Kiss Bang Bang, Robert Downey Jr.'s character has his finger severed by a closed door. It is sewn back together. A few hours later, the finger is hit badly by the villains and eventually detaches. As the ambulance is being called to put it back together a dog eats the finger.
  • Garth Pancake of The Ladykillers (2004) remake blows his finger off in an accidental explosion. The film concludes with a cat spitting the finger in a trash barge in the river below.
  • The opening scene of The Last Shot has Alec Baldwin getting a finger cut off with scissors. It gets sewn back together fine, though.
  • In Live and Let Die, Dr. Kananga threatens to have Tee Hee cut off James Bond's little finger and then move on to more sensitive areas of his anatomy.
  • In Lone Star State of Mind, Junior is in $2000 debt to a gangster. The gangster threatens to cut off a body part for every $100 he fails to pay back. Earl scrounges up $1900, so the gangster cuts off Junior's pinkie.
  • The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King: Struggling with an invisible Frodo for the One Ring, Gollum bites his index and cut it with his teeth, leaving Frodo with a bloody, shortened finger.
  • The Machine Girl: The movie is full of examples of Fingore, and even the title character doesn't escape it. For example, as punishment for spilling food on her, the Yakuza wife in hacks off the chef's fingers and makes him eat them. On sushi.
  • In Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior, Toady, one of Humungus' goons, tries to catch the Feral Kid's steel boomerang in midair and winds up losing all the fingers on one of his hands for his trouble. After he plainly saw it effortlessly kill Wez's boy toy by piercing his skull. The other goons even see what's about to happen and yell for him to stop, then find it knee-slapping hilarious. No-one offers him first aid, even Humungus only sees about stopping the laughter with "No more games!"
  • Major Payne: At the beginning of the film, Payne breaks his comrade's finger to get his mind off his bullet wound.
  • Scene in Man on Fire (1987 version), where the protagonist pumps a captured enemy for info by duct-taping his hands to the steering wheel and cutting off his fingers one by one. His screams are, well, awful.
  • Man on Fire (Denzel version):
    • The main character tortures a corrupt Mexican policeman by removing his fingers one by one and cauterizing the wound with a cigar lighter.
    • In the climax, he's talking on the phone with the guy he's after, and holding the guy's brother hostage. When the guy tries to buy him off, the protagonist holds the phone up so the brother can talk and blows his fingers off with a shotgun.
  • In the opening scene for The Man with the Golden Gun, Scaramango kills the assassin that his underling, Nick Nack, sent to kill him, to keep his skills sharp. This takes place near a statue of James Bond, posed fire a gun with his right hand, and his left splayed out. After killing the assassin with his one-shot Golden Gun, Scaramango picks up his weapon and flawless shoots of the fingers on the left hand of the Bond effigy.
  • Me, Myself & Irene: Jim Carrey's character attempts to calm the gunman down by pulling his gun down which end up getting his thumb shot off and later found in the river, where a fish ate it.
  • In Midnight Movie, the killer causes a sash window to slam shut on Samantha's fingers.
  • Ambrose uses a cigar cutter to snip off the tip of Stamp's finger for daring to suggest that he should stop shagging The Mole in Mission: Impossible II.
  • In Money Movers, Jack Henderson persuades Eric Jackson to allow him to take over his robbery plan by tying him to a chair and having his henchman Ernest start cutting his toes off with a set of bolt-cutters till he agrees.
  • In Monster Party, Luther uses his cigar-cutter to cut off Flash's finger as a warning to Casper as to what will happen if Flash's debts are not paid in full.
  • A Nightmare on Elm Street:
  • Nightwish: One of the students has his middle finger violently cut off by a crazy Igor-type character who wants a "souvenir".
  • In the opening of Outpost: Black Sun, a young girl claiming to be the distant relative of a Nazi Grandpa turns up at a retirement home in Paraguay. After the old man smiles and clasps her hand, she starts breaking his fingers one at a time to find out where his fellow war criminals are.
  • Twice in Outrage, to be expected since it is a movie about the Yakuza.
  • In Panic Room, Raoul (presumably) gets his fingers broken when the panic room door slams shut on them after he had his hand positioned out of range of the door sensors.
  • In The Piano, Alistair cuts off Ada's index finger with an axe when he finds out she has an affair with Baines. Considering Ada's passion for playing the piano, this is particularly cruel.
  • The Pink Panther: Played for comedy, if you can believe it, in The Return of the Pink Panther. The first time Sir Charles Lytton meets with Pepi, he breaks two of Pepi's fingers. On their next meeting, Pepi gets two more fingers broken. The third time, Sir Charles breaks Pepi's thumb. To add insult to injury (or injury to injury), Pepi gets a metal door slammed on his injured hand by his own boss.
  • Pitchfork: Jenny blows Mr. Holister's fingers off with a gun before he can put a bullet in Hunter's head.
  • In The Pope Of Greenwich Village, Eric Roberts' character has his thumb cut off by Mafia boss "Bed Bug Eddie".
  • The Prestige:
    • Alfred Borden gets two of his fingers shot off during an act that went wrong. And later his twin brother gets the same two fingers cut off because they're pretending to be the same person.
    • One of the tricks malfunctions and an audience volunteer gets her fingers snapped/bent/crushed when a prop cage collapses the wrong way.
  • In Primal, Loffler fakes a seizure and when one of the marshals comes to check on him, he bites down hard on the marshal's fingers: drawing blood and refusing to let go.
  • In Project X, J.D. jumps off the roof and breaks his pinky on landing. He's completely nonchalant about it, and his friends fix it with a lot of tape.
  • Pumpkins: Tommy, while removing the innards from a jack-o-lantern, gets two of his fingers bitten off.
  • Reservoir Dogs:
    "If you wanna know something and he won't tell you, cut off one of his fingers, the little one. Then tell him his thumb's next. After that, he'll tell you if he wears ladies' underwear. I'm hungry. Let's get a taco."
  • Resident Evil Film Series:
    • In Resident Evil (2002), one of the minor characters gets part of his hand (including fingers) sliced off by a deadly laser trap.
    • And in the second, Resident Evil: Apocalypse, Alice breaks her finger and has to snap it back into place.
  • Severed fingers and iron nails are featured prominently on any version of the Cursed Videotape in The Ring — disturbing, to say the least, especially since they symbolize Samara losing her own fingernails while trying to crawl out of the well she died in. In fact, in the Japanese and American versions of Ringu/The Ring, both of the specters of Sadako and Samara have no fingernails, as they were torn out when they made multiple unsuccessful attempts to climb out of the well.
  • In Ripper: Letter from Hell, the killer starts the jeep engine while Eddie is trying to fix it, causing his hand to get ground up by the fan.
  • In Rise of the Planet of the Apes, Caesar bites hard into his human neighbor's fingers as revenge for threatening his grandfather figure Charles. Most likely, had Will never called for Caesar to stop, the chimp would have bitten those fingers off clean. Caesar gets punished for those fingers by being sent to an animal sanctuary.
  • RoboCop: Among the many mutilations inflicted on him before his death, Boddicker's crew starts out by blowing off Murphy's right hand with a shotgun.
  • In Runaway Train, Jon Voight's character gets his fingers chopped off by the coupling between the cars as he tries to get to the lead engine.
  • In Scream and Scream Again, Torture Technician Konratz uses a pair of bone shears to cut the finger off a young woman he is interrogating.
  • In Sharky's Machine, Burt Reynolds loses two fingers to a bit of vigorous questioning from the bad guy.
  • Shoot 'em Up:
    • Smith has all of his fingers broken one by one.
    • Near the end, he shoots a punk tanking cover behind the bar by shooting out another punk's leg to collapse him, then the elbow to swing the arm out, and finally the wrist to jerk the tendons, pulling the index finger, shooting the last punk in the leg with his accomplice's weapon, WITH ALL FINGERS BROKEN!
    • He first gets his point on what he hates most by shooting the middle finger off one of them. With a carrot.
  • Mel Gibson does this to an unsuspecting invader in Signs.
  • Similarly, there's a fingernail or two embedded in the wall of the pit in Silence of the Lambs.
  • In Silent Night, Rev. Madeley gets three of his fingers sliced off.
  • Happens off-screen to Lucille in Sin City.
    Lucille: He made me watch him... suck the meat off my fingers.
    [she uncovers her arm; everything past the wrist is gone]
  • Sniper: Thomas Beckett loses his trigger finger to Razor Floss.
  • Threatened in Spies Like Us:
    "Bob Hodges": Every minute you don't tell us why you're here, I cut off a finger.
    Fitz-Hume: Mine or yours?
    "Bob Hodges": Yours.
    Fitz-Hume: Damn!
  • In Spiral (2021), the finger trap requires its victim to activate a mechanism that slowly breaks and rips off each of their fingers while chained in a quickly filling bathtub whose waterline is approaching exposed wires.
  • Played for laughs in Stay Tuned, when Crowley — who has been trapped in a frozen wasteland Arctic channel — starts trying to count off how long he's been there, and one of his gloved fingers snaps off.
  • In Stir of Echoes, the ghost girl breaks two fingernails while clawing at the floor during the rape scene.
  • In Sugar Hill (1974), King interrogates the piano player Preacher about the murders of Morgan's people. When Preacher says he doesn't know anything, King smashes the piano lid on his fingers.
  • In Suicide Kings, four college students hold a mob boss hostage in a friend's home and cut off the man's right pinkie (complete with ring to prove it's him) in a ill-fated attempt to get him to help find the kidnapped sister of one of their group.
  • In Superman II, Superman crushes General Zod's fingers.
  • Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street: Poor, poor Toby finds a severed finger baked into one of Mrs. Lovett's Meat Pies.
  • A guitarist gets his hand stomped on and his fingers broken by a Hitler Youth goon in the film Swing Kids.
  • And in Syriana, George Clooney's character gets his fingernails pulled out in a torture chamber.
  • In Tamara, Kisha gnaws several of her fingers down to the bone when psychically compelled to gorge herself by Tamara.
  • During Travis Bickle's final rampage in Taxi Driver, one of the pimp's men gets several fingers blown off when Travis cuts loose with his .44 Magnum.
  • The Texas Chainsaw Massacre:
    • The Texas Chain Saw Massacre The Sawyers cut the tip off Sally's finger so Grampa can suckle it like a little baby. In real life, after the stage-blood device attached to the knife failed to work, Gunnar Hansen (Leatherface) - who was already suffering a mental breakdown from filming the dinner scene for 27 hours in a room over 110 degrees Fahrenheit - tore off the safety tape and actually cut open the actress's finger so that they could just finish the damn scene.
    • In the remake Andy's fingernails are torn off when Leatherface drags him down the stairs and he attempts to cling to the walls.
  • In Park Chan Wook's Thirst, when Sang-Hyun volunteers for the medical study and suffers the effects of the Emmanuel Virus, one of which is his fingernails falling out.
  • This Is the End has a hilarious subversion in which it seems like a helicopter blade had cut off Craig Robinson's finger. When James Franco asks if he's okay, Craig reveals he just got a papercut on his finger.
    Franco: Are you okay?
    Craig: No, I'm not okay! [shows Franco his index finger] Fuck your house, Franco!
  • In Three O'Clock High, Buddy The Bully gets threatened by a Bully Hunter, who pokes him in the chest. Buddy Hates Being Touched, so he snaps the finger.
  • In Timber Falls, Ida cuts off Sheryl's finger as punishment for her and Mark failing to have sex as commanded.
  • This happens to the first guy Lai Lai Zhen encounters in The Tournament. He tries to strangle her with a wire, the two are struggling until he tells her he will fuck her after he killed her. This makes her so angry that she makes a wall jump to get behind him, then she cuts his fingers off with the wire, slams his mutilated hand into a wall, beats him up and shoots him dead.
  • Transit: While trying to force the location of the loot out of Nate, Losada cuts the fingers of Nate's left hand with a machete.
  • True Grit:
    • The remake has a surprisingly nasty scene (for a PG-13 movie) where a whiskey smuggler is being coerced into informing on some bandits by Rooster Cogburn. As he cracks, his partner slips a hidden knife out and brings it down on the man's left hand, severing four fingers before stabbing him in the chest.
    • There's a similar finger-chopping incident in the 1969 John Wayne version, but it's pretty subtle.
  • Sir from Truth or Consequences, N.M. tortures Raymond's friend Wayne by cutting off some of his fingers.
  • In Truth or Dare, one of the dares requires seven different living body parts to be removed. The count includes a pinky finger and a pinky toe.
  • In UHF, George Newman interviewed a clumsy shop teacher, who then lost one of his thumbs to a table saw.
  • Unfriended: Under the spirit's influence, Ken sticks his hand in a blender and turns it on.
  • In Unthinkable, the torture expert played by Samuel L. Jackson begins by cutting off the tip of the terror suspect's finger and it is later shown that he has pulled out all of his fingernails.
  • Alluded to in Van Helsing, where VH gives the heroine a cutting implement and tells her to clip off one of the evil henchman's fingers, should he fail to cooperate. Subverted when she replies that she'll clip off "something."
  • Manech of A Very Long Engagement purposely gets shot in the hand in an attempt to get out of the army, losing two fingers in the process.
  • V/H/S/2: The first victim in "A Ride in the Park" has all the fingers on one of his hands bitten off by a zombie while he's still alive.
  • Warcraft (2016): when Blackhand pins Lothar down to crush his skull, he makes a mistake of grabbing Lothar's boomstick with his fingers and gets them, along with most of the hand, shot off.
  • Warlock. After the warlock has been taken care off by a friendly housekeeper he notices that the man's ring actually has magical properties. When the man explains that he can't get it off, the warlock simply hacks off the finger with a kitchen knife and murders the guy.
  • Watchmen: Adrian Veidt's secretary gets her right hand's index finger and middle finger shot off during the assassination attempt on Veidt.
  • In When Evil Calls, the girl who wishes she could lose a stone in weight has her her right hand and arm ground off in a garbage disposal.
  • In The Wind That Shakes the Barley, The Black and Tans interrogate one of the Irish rebels by pulling out his fingernails one-by-one with a pair of wicked-looking pliers.
  • In the second Wishmaster movie, the female protagonist cuts off the last knuckle of her pinky finger as part of a purification ritual.

  • In the Lone Wolf book Castle Death, an ugly dwarf servant of Lord Zahda proudly shows off to his master the seized weapon of the hero they'd just captured. That's a colossally bad idea, though, since the Sommerswerd is an Empathic Weapon which doesn't appreciate at all being manhandled by evil beings. One blast of energy afterward and the screaming dwarf is missing half the length of his charred fingers.

  • In Breakfast of Champions, Dwayne Hoover goes on a rampage and bites off part of Kilgore Trout's right ring finger.
  • In The Cobra Event a character's finger is contaminated with the virus and they must make a (very hasty) Life-or-Limb Decision. IIRC, they hesitate, and get infected anyway.
  • The Dark Tower:
    • The second book of the series, The Drawing of the Three, opens with Roland having the index/middle fingers of his right hand cut off and eaten by a lobster-like creature. Made worse by the fact that his combat style up to that point was to dual-wield revolvers.
    • Even worse is near the end of the final book when Roland has to pluck one of the magical roses of the Dark Tower's field, whose thorns are extremely sharp. By the time Roland gets one in his mangled right hand, the palm has been deeply cut and one finger is still attached by only a single tendon.
  • Deltora Quest has monsters called the Granous who, when they capture a prisoner, force them to answer twenty riddles/logic puzzles. Every time the victim answers incorrectly or fails to answer within the allotted time, they bite off a finger. When they run out of fingers, they start on the toes.
  • In Thomas M. Disch's "Descending", the main character finally makes it to the bottom of an apparently endless series of down escalators, way past the exit level, only to discover that the up escalator is out of order. He promptly has a mental breakdown and sticks his fingers under the bottom treads of the down escalator.
  • In Dinner at Deviant's Palace by Tim Powers, the protagonist mashes his right hand between two heavy objects to fend off a psychic attack, breaking several fingers; two fingers subsequently have to be amputated.
  • Discworld:
    • In Making Money a character wears a ring that is much too small for him. His finger gets infected, starts to rot, etc., and eventually gets burned off by Applied Phlebotinum (which probably saves his life). Much too small for him and made of a dangerous metal. There's a reason the real Lord Vetinari doesn't wear the signet constantly.
    • Detached fingers are a common nuisance for zombie Reg Shoe, whether while shaking hands, playing the guitar, or feeding bits of meat to Buggy Swires' trained buzzard.
    • It's mentioned in The Truth that whatever it is that happened to the last man that tried to bribe commander Vimes, he still doesn't have full use of his fingers.
    • One of Bungling Inventor "Bloody Stupid" Johnson's few functional inventions is large, automatic potato-peeling machine currently employed in the Unseen University's kitchen. It was intended as a manicure device.
  • Doc Savage: In The Annihilist, Leo tortures Sidney Lorrey: starting by pulling fingernails out with pliers, and then moving on to whittling his fingers down to the bone with a sharp knife.
  • Doglands: At the start, Furgul and his sisters have to escape a cardboard box or they'll be killed. When the Gambler tries to push Furgul back into the box, Furgul bites off his thumb.
  • Dragonback: Someone threatens to burn Jack's fingers off one by one in Dragon and Thief. Jack retorts that they're trying to be quiet, and he wouldn't be able to keep from screaming if they did that.
  • In Dragon Bones the villains torture Ward's younger brother Tosten, to get Ward to tell them what they want to know. Among other things, they break his fingers. Particularly heartbreaking because Tosten is a harpist and really needs his fingers intact.
  • Palin from Dragonlance is tortured in an attempt to find out why the mages magic is failing them. His fingernails were pulled out over and over each time they regrew, and his fingers were broken dozens of times. This hits especially hard as hands are considered an important part of spell casting. Even worse, he didn't know why the magic was waning, and therefore did not have a cop-out. He was tortured for years.
  • Edgar & Ellen: The books repeatedly mention an incident involving Stephanie, Ellen, a doll and a claw hammer; Ellen permanently lost one of her fingernails.
  • In The English Patient, David Carravaggio is described as "the man with the bandaged hands" because the Germans captured him and cut off his thumbs. The movie has this in a flashback scene.
  • In the novel Even Cowgirls Get The Blues the main character has one of her oversized thumbs amputated and a finger moved into the thumb position.
  • Experimental Film: When Lois is crawling on her hands and knees during the fire at Ursulines Studio, a man steps on her hand, breaking her finger. She keeps crawling with one hand.
  • In Fate/Zero, Sola Ui subjects her fiancé Kayneth to this to force him give her the Command Spells that will let her become Lancer's Master.
  • The First Law:
    • Damage to the digits seems to be one of Glokta's preferred methods of torture, notably used near the end of the trilogy when he chops off all of Severard's fingers on one hand, joint by joint. Glokta himself, on the other hand, is intimately acquainted with damage to the toes.
    • Though not gory, the descriptions of Craw's constantly-chewed fingernails in The Heroes are unpleasant.
  • In Forced Perspectives by Tim Powers, a gunman working for the villain has his gun blasted out of his hand during a fight with the hero. Several of his fingers are seriously injured; his boss refuses to let him get them professionally patched up, because that would lead to official attention they can't afford, and anyway if their Assimilation Plot works physical injuries will become irrelevant. The condition of the fingers worsens over the course of the book to the point that they're decaying and need to be amputated.
  • In The Fuller Memorandum by Charles Stross, people who are or have recently been possessed by the soul-devouring entity known as TEAPOT will attempt to eat their own fingers.
  • In Gil's All Fright Diner, Duke the Werewolf has several of his fingers chomped off by an undead cow.
  • In the backstory of The Girl from the Miracles District, Nikita had two of her little fingers cut off by her father so that he could send them to her mother as a taunt.
  • Dennis Lehane's The Given Day has someone lose a finger during a gunfight.
  • In John Varley's The Golden Globe, the narrator slices off the thumb of an assassin after him. With a chainsaw. He keeps it in a thermos of dry ice. This might be partly revenge for the fact that the assassin had sliced off the fingers of a violinist friend of his.
  • In the Goosebumps book It Came From Beneath the Sink, protagonist Kat brings the Grool her dog found underneath the kitchen sink at her home to school to show her teacher, who ends up getting all her fingers broken after the drawer of her desk crushes hard against them.
  • In a rare example where the good guys play this trope, the trick to defeating a grindylow in the Harry Potter novels is to break its long, slender fingers when it tries to drown you.
  • The Heir Chronicles: In The Wizard Heir by Cinda Williams Chima, Seph gets the tips of three of his fingers cut off to attempt to blackmail his father into coming to get him from where the Big Bad is holding him hostage.
  • The second book of Phillip Pullman's His Dark Materials trilogy, The Subtle Knife, who apparently marks its next wielder by cutting off the pinky and ring finger of the left hand.
  • In The House of the Spirits, Villain Protagonist Esteban Trueba does this to Pedro Tercero Garcia after finding out that he's the lover of his daughter Blanca. While attacking the poor dude in a blind rage, he manages to sever three of his fingers with a hatchet. It poses huge trouble since Pedro Tercero is a gifted guitar player, but after an Heroic BSoD he then learns to play guitar without these fingers out of sheer willpower, and becomes a very famous performer.
  • James Bond: In the novel Live and Let Die, Mr. Big's henchman Tee-Hee breaks James Bond's left little finger by slowly bending it back until the bone snaps. It gives Bond occasional trouble throughout the rest of the story.
  • Keeper of the Lost Cities: In Neverseen, the Black Swan say they'll have to freeze off Gethen's fingernails to remove the tracker substance from them, disturbing Sophie enough to enter her nightmares. They later assure her the process was painless and that they'd only made it sound more painful to frighten him.
  • Stephen King:
    • In Firestarter, Andy comes home to find wife Vicky's corpse — with her fingernails having been pulled out (apparently with pliers or similar) by her killer(s).
    • His short story "The Moving Finger" has the protagonist try to get rid of a finger living in his bathroom drain by dissolving it with industrial drain cleaner (it intentionally doesn't make sense in context), before cutting it off with an electric hedge trimmer.
    • In King's Cthulhu Mythos story "Crouch End", there's a Sergeant Raymond who enjoys breaking the fingers of pickpockets one by one.
    • King's short story "Sometimes They Come Back" perhaps contains the most squicky example of this trope. Jim Norman offers his right and left index fingers to a demon in exchange for helping him kill the teenagers responsible for the deaths of his brother and wife. The text describes him chopping them off in excruciating detail.
  • The Lord of the Rings:
    • During the climax of The Return of the King, Gollum bites off Frodo's finger with the Ring still on it, then falls into the volcano still holding said finger.
    • That's also how Sauron got defeated at the end of the Second Age when Isildur cut his ring-bearing finger.
  • The Lunar Chronicles: In Cress, Scarlet is glamoured into cutting off her own little finger while being interrogated on Luna.
  • Malazan Book of the Fallen:
    • At the end of book five, Midnight Tides, Brys Beddict loses two fingers in a duel. Both severed fingers end up being plot relevant.
    • Come Reaper's Gale, Feather Witch has a penchant for stabbing people in the eyes with fingers she took from dead guardsmen.
    • In book eight, Toll the Hounds, there is a serial killer roaming the city of Darujhistan whose weapon the guards cannot figure out. It turns out he has lost all of his fingers at some point in the past and uses his hands as clubs.
  • In the short story "Man from the South" by Roald Dahl, the narrator witnesses a bet where a boy will gain a brand new Cadillac from a man if the boy wins but will have his little finger cut off if he loses. The bet is halted when a woman comes in revealing that the man owns nothing — she won everything from him. She only has one finger and a thumb on her right hand — and the original bet started as the little finger of the left hand.
  • The main villain of The Mental State likes to amputate his minions' fingers every time they disobey or defy him, starting with the least important and working his way up. He gets a taste of his own medicine when the protagonist arranges a scenario allowing where by his own fingers end up being cut off. He spends the rest of the story wearing metalic prosthetic fingers.
  • In Miracle Creek, Matt badly burns his hands trying to help Henry and Kitt. The index and middle fingers of his right hand have to be amputated, his nails are all lost, his fingerprints are melted away, and the nerves in his fingertips are destroyed, so he can't feel anything with them now.
  • In Misery, sometime during the later half of the book Annie cuts off one of Paul's thumbs. And then puts it on a birthday cake and serves it to him, making a not-so subtle threat to force him to eat it. "Special candle," indeed.
  • Towards the end of the last Mistborn book, Vin's fingers are broken one by one by a Steel Inquisitor.
  • In Moby-Dick, Ishmael makes a passing reference to the sailors working in the blubber room of a whaling ship, who sometimes cut off a toe if they slip while chopping up the blubber.
  • In Neverwhere, Richard gets his finger broken by Mr. Vandamar under torture. Later, after he returns to London Above, one of his coworkers asks about it, but then writes it off as his own clumsiness, saying he " probably just slammed it in a door or something".
  • Outlander:
    • Jamie's fingers are broken with a mallet as prelude to a sadistic rape scene. Claire gets to break them again before she's able to reset them. And they still heal badly, so every so often they'll break again.
    • That's not to mention the fact that Jamie's hand is nailed to the table, and once he's released, he presses his mangled fingers to the table so the excruciating pain will keep him awake to bargain with Randall.
    • By one of the later books, An Echo in the Bone, Jamie is fed up with the problems caused by his rigid ring finger on that hand, such that when the tip is severed and his hand further mangled by a sword blow at the Battle of Saratoga, he has Claire amputate the offending digit entirely.
  • Big Kat from Peta Lyre's Rating Normal is a recovering heroin addict. Once she got into a fight with a fellow addict, who bit off her little finger. Now all she has is a stub that moves.
  • A Prayer for Owen Meany: Johnny is desperate to avoid the draft. The army won't draft people who're missing their trigger finger. Owen has access to a diamond saw.
  • The Radix: During the Cold-Blooded Torture Adriana Borgia rips Wurm's fingernails. Bonus squick when we find out she was his daughter and knew it.
  • Red Moon Rising: Prior to the story, Rae got her pinky finger amputated. She later cuts off the tip of a man's finger in a fight.
  • The Reynard Cycle: The fingers of Reynard's left hand are broken during a fight with a Chimera in The Baron of Maleperduys. Later, a mercenary steps on said hand and twists his heel.
  • In Ritual by Graham Masterton, a restaurant reviewer's teenage son becomes entangled in a strange cannibalism cult. His father, desperate to rescue him, has to infiltrate the cult by pretending to be interested in joining. To prove that he is genuine, he has to cut off a little finger, fry it, and eat it - and he does get to eat at least part of it before becoming too nauseated to continue. That he is willing to do this shows the level of desperation he is in to rescue his son. The cannibalism of the cult plus the father's profession of restaurant reviewer both contribute to a weird and grotesque food theme running through the entire novel, which Masterton (as one would expect) plays to the hilt.
  • Occurs in the 1939 novel Rogue Male, when the protagonist is captured in the midst of a mock assassination of an unnamed European dictator. The authorities loyal to said dictator take a dim view of such shenanigans, and inflict a number of tortures upon him, including the removal of all his fingernails.
  • The Science Fiction Weight-Loss Book (1983) anthology edited by Isaac Asimov, Martin H Greenberg, and George R R Martin has a story in which if a person reneges on their agreement (related to losing weight), a finger is cut off.
    • This may be "Quitters, inc" by Stephen King, where the eponymous organization enforces good habits through threat of corporal punishment, including loss of a spouse's finger for not losing weight.
  • The Sherlock Holmes story "The Adventure of the Engineer's Thumb" features a client who loses a thumb to an attacker with a meat cleaver. The resulting injury is gruesome even by Dr. Watson's standards as an army surgeon.
  • Septimus Heap:
    • The Two-Faced Ring nearly squashes the thumbs off of anyone trying to wear it. Oh, and the only way to get it away from someone once they've put it on.
    • Septimus's thumb starts to inflate like a balloon after he's bitten by a spider in the Wizard Tower Library.
  • In DaveDuncan's The Seventh Sword series, thumbs are cut off as a way to remove a swordsman from office permanently. (Swordsmen act as police, judge, etc.) Though Nnanji prefers to give them a choice between the right hand and the head.
  • In Shackled by Ray Garton, a journalist is investigating a group of very nasty people who kidnap and abuse children in Satanic rituals, sex abuse, and worse. And these people will stop at nothing to protect themselves from exposure, and the journalist finds himself captive at their hands and is required to give them information that will betray those he is working with and trying to help. One of the methods they use involves snipping off his fingers one by one, joint by joint, giving him a further chance in between each one to give the required information. He finally caves in after losing most of his fingers, but not quite all. In a writer as intensely vivid and descriptive as Garton, this episode makes amongst the most squirm-producing reading one is likely to encounter.
  • In Shadow of the Conqueror, Daylen smashes one of his own fingers to demonstrate to the authorities that he has genuine Lifebinding powers.
  • A Song of Ice and Fire is filled with Body Motifs, but nothing gets more focus than fingers.
    • Tyrion steps on the musician Marillion's hand, breaking his fingers, in the heat of battle.
    • That same musician is strongly hinted to have had his fingers cut off later. This and other tortures make him accept being framed for murder.
    • Ramsay Bolton tortures Theon Greyjoy by flaying the skin from some of his fingers before cutting them off.
    • Catelyn's fingers are cut to the bone, and she can no longer bend the smallest two.
    • Greatjon Umber has two of his fingers bitten off by Grey Wind. He laughs it off and becomes Robb's strongest supporter.
    • Qhorin Halfhand lost, um, half of his hand to a wildling axe.
    • Davos had the tips of his left fingers chopped off for his history as a smuggler.
    • Ramsay again. Donella Hornwood is locked in a tower and left there. She's found dead with her fingers chewed off.
    • When greyscale hits, it takes the fingers (and toes) first. Tyrion has to prick his fingers regularly to check for it - but at least that's better than Jon Connington, who debates whether or not he should cut off his fingers because he does have it.
    • The ironborn have a game called "the finger dance," which is basically two-man axe juggling. It's so called because participants frequently lose fingers.
    • A healer tried to sew Urrigon Greyjoy's fingers back on after he lost a round of the aforementioned finger dance, causing them to get infected and ultimately killing him.
  • In the first Song of the Lioness book, when Alanna has just arrived at the palace and is being told about the Initiation Ceremony she will have to go through at the end of her training for knighthood, Duke Gareth shows her a missing finger and says, "I lost this in the Chamber of the Ordeal." Word of God is that he actually lost it in a totally unrelated accident and just says that to make an impression on the new pages.
  • In the Spider-Man novel Goblin's Revenge, when Carnage escapes from prison he cuts off an unlucky guard's hands and then uses them to "wave goodbye" at the wounded guard.
  • Star Wars Legends: The Truce at Bakura, right at the start, has Wedge Antilles manually prevent a messenger drone's self-destruct by going out into vacuum in a suit and putting his hand between components. His hand is horribly mangled and he almost dies of that and the cold before Luke saves him. Star Wars medical tech being what it is he ended up fine, but years later his hand gets twitchy when he's out in zero-g for any length of time.
  • The nineteenth century collection of children's stories Struwwelpeter contains the "Story of Little Suck-A-Thumb" in which a boy who sucks his thumbs gets them cut off by a scissors-wielding tailor who appears from nowhere.
  • The Sum of All Fears, by Tom Clancy, has John Clark interrogating a pair of Arab terrorists after a nuclear bomb detonates in Denver, Colorado, and uses breaking the fingers of one of them to get information to help track down those responsible for the attack. In a rare aversion of the trope, it doesn't work, and they lie about who their backer was.
  • In Tales of Kolmar, Lanen's hands and arms are horrifically burned when she helps one of the Kantri with a difficult birth, and only the work of an expert healer and a friend feeding her lansip fruit let her use them again. The friend can't bring herself to describe it, but apparently, there wasn't much left but bone. In the next book, Berys has to cut off one of his own hands as payment in order to summon the Demonlord.
  • The Thirty-Nine Steps: During the climax of The Three Hostages, the hero loses parts of a thumb and two fingers when the villain shoots his gun out of his hand.
  • This Alien Shore: When Ian Kent is found dead, his hands have dug into the floor, sending shards under his fingernails and turning them into a bloody mess.
  • In Three Days to Never by Tim Powers, one of the characters has occasional premonitions. The first time he has one, during the Six Days Wars, he immediately tests it by reaching out a hand to do the thing the premonition is warning him not to do — and a stray bullet takes one of his fingers off.
  • In Guy Gavriel Kay's novel Tigana, true wizards bind themselves to the land (and thus gain power beyond the most basic magics) by severing the ring and middle fingers of one hand.
  • In the final Time Scout: Good going, bad guy, you just dipped your hands in molten bronze.
  • In the first Tribe book, when Spencer and the tribe are done with Spencer's latest "test" in wood shop, Peashooter decides to test Sporkboy's reflexes by turning on the table saw. He ends up slicing off the tip of Sporkboy's finger.
  • Robert Low's Viking novels feature a specific and very sharp knife used by Einar the Black and later Orn to interrogate prisoners by cutting their fingers off one at a time while they are hung upside-down from the Fjord-Elk's mast.
  • Wicked: Right after birth, Elphaba bit her midwife's finger off. It turns out that she had been born with sharp teeth.
  • In The Witcher saga, one of the villains dies on a frozen lake. When the ice breaks he holds desperately to the edge of the hole, trying to pull himself up until Ciri ice-skates over his fingers.
  • In Roald Dahl's The Witches, the protagonist's grandmother had an encounter with a witch as a child that ended in her losing a thumb. What exactly happened to it is unknown.
  • In The Witchlands, when Cam's brother tries to get him to join his gang, he cuts off one of his fingers.

    Live-Action TV 
  • 1000 Ways to Die: In "Bot-ily Harm", a college-age dude rigs a robot with spinning blades to start up by detecting motion with infrared sensors. While working on another robot, he accidentally drops a screw. The robot sees it while the creator bends down for the screw.
    • In USSR-Dead, a would-be Russian mobster gets this done to him with sulphuric acid so he won't leave fingerprints. Then he and the dudes who did it end up drinking the acid by accident.
    • In another case, a Yakuza boss performs a sort-of Yubitsume on a karaoke singer and then swallows it whole. One of his henchmen tries the Heimlich maneuver and does it incorrectly, killing the boss.
    • And in yet another case, a bad actor with a criminal record tampers with his gun to kill the dude who got the leading role in a B-movie over him. The gun was so over-charged that, when fired, it blew the guy's hand off alongside firing a piece of metal into his thigh and cutting a large artery, killing him.
  • 24:
    • During Day 6, Jack infiltrates the Russian Consulate to interrogate Anatoly Markov, who's working with a terrorist. When Markov refuses to talk, Jack cuts his pinkie finger off with a cigar cutter.
    • Henry Taylor, the husband of the president in the seventh season gets a finger cut off after being captured by the terrorist of the moment. The terrorist threatens to continue cutting them off one-by-one, but when the president doesn't give in, he decides she's not going to break and orders him killed, but he gets rescued (though not before getting shot.)
    • In 24: Live Another Day, we get two counts. First, the Big Bad chops off the finger of her own daughter to manipulate the daughter's husband, who was having second thoughts, despite the daughter being loyal (until not too long after that; this is about when we, and the rest of the characters, realize just how Ax-Crazy she is.) Later, Jack smashes the fingers of The Mole because only when The Mole was transferred from a holding cell to the infirmary could he put his actual plan into action. In general, this miniseries averts the show's usual Torture Always Works philosophy and everyone, including Jack, has to get a bit smarter.
  • All the damn time in Alias:
    • A woman is kidnapped and gets a power sander used on her hands to get her to cooperate.
    • In "The Box, Part 2", Arvin Sloane allows Jack Bristow to cut off his finger with a wire cutter so he could turn off a security system that required a fingerprint scan.
    • Sloane gets mailed his wife's finger to prove she's still alive.
    • The Derevko sisters have a disturbing tendency toward this. In "A Dark Turn", Irina stabs a bad guy in Bangkok through the hand with the knife he was using to play five-finger filet. In "Crossings", Katya takes metal chopsticks used for galbi in Koreatown and stabs another bad guy, though both hands this time.
  • In Moody's Point, the Show Within a Show from The Amanda Show, Moody's father gets his toe chopped off by an anchor that Moody's friend brought over. Like everything in the series (which is an overdramatic parody of Teen Drama series), it's Played for Laughs. His toe ends up lost and due to the cliffhanger, it never is shown if he retrieves it. When Moody tries to donate one of her toes, it's revealed she is not her father's biological daughter. She was Switched at Birth.
  • Arrested Development: GOB temporarily loses two of his fingers while performing a magic trick with Buster and a sword. "Handle first, handle firstMY FINGERS!"
  • One episode of The A-Team mentioned as a torture method shoving bamboo under someone's fingernails.
  • Banshee:
    • In the pilot, the real Sheriff Lucas Hood gets shot through the hand, at the base of the fingers, which contributes to his death.
    • In a later first season episode, Fake Lucas gets into a brawl with MMA fighter Damien Sanchez while attempting to arrest him for rape and aggravated assault. Towards the end of the fight, Lucas tricks him into breaking his fingers with a punch to his elbow, then ends the fight by ripping Sanchez's fingers out of their sockets to the point of tearing the skin between the middle and ring fingers.
  • In Battlestar Galactica, a Freud-wannabe Cylon prisoner notes that all of the first phalanges on Starbuck's right hand have a clean break right in the middle, and muses on the significance. We learn later that is was her mother, who put her hand in a door jamb and slammed the door, as punishment for a harmless prank. Ouch.
  • Better Things: Duke's friend Pepper gets a fingertip cut off when Duke accidentally slams her finger in the car door.
  • In Black Mirror the first episode has the kidnapper cut off the hostage's finger and then mail it to the press, complete with a lovely video of him doing it. In a twist, though, it turns out to be the kidnapper's finger.
  • In Blade, Blade's sidekick gets captured and has his fingernails ripped out one by one by Krista, who's secretly a good guy but has no choice but to play along. When Marcus orders her to move on to breaking his fingers, she instead breaks her own fingers (she's a vampire with a Healing Factor), while the sidekick pretends to scream in pain.
  • Boardwalk Empire:
    • Black gangster Chalky White finds his driver lynched one night. He tries to find out who did it, starting of course with the local KKK boys. With the help of some Dirty Cops, Chalky has one of the leaders brought into an interrogation room, where he explains how his father was a self-taught carpenter who was lynched by the Klan after doing work for a white man, even showing him his daddy tools. Sometime later Chalky exits the room, confident that the Klan had nothing to do with it. When asked why, he responds that after a certain point if a man is still telling the same story, he has to be telling the truth, and Chalky and the Klan leader reached that point 10 minutes ago. Chalky then holds up a severed finger with a Klan ring still around it, and wonders if the man will want the ring back or if doing that would just be pouring salt in the wound.
    • Owen Sleater tracks down an old enemy and garrotes him in a bathroom. The man manages to get a few fingers up before the ligature tightens, but Owen just pulls hard enough to make the wire cut right through them.
  • In the original Bourne Identity miniseries, the Swiss assassins, upon capturing Bourne, slam his fingers in a car door just because.
  • Buffy the Vampire Slayer:
    • "Becoming Part 2": Angel breaks Giles' fingers while trying to get information out of him about how to wake Acathla.
    • "Doppelgangland": a vampire version of Willow was using finger breaking to recruit a gang of vampires.
      Evil Willow: Who do you work for?
      Vampire: I'm not tellin' you nothin'!
      [she breaks one of his fingers; he screams]
      Evil Willow: Who do you work for?
      Vampire: Wilkins, the mayor.
      [she breaks another of his fingers; he screams]
      Evil Willow: Who do you work for?
      Vampire: You.
  • Chopped is a fast-paced timed competitive cooking show frequently has contestants disregarding safety for speed and isn't shy about showing the consequences. Serving blood-contaminated food to the judges is a sure way to get chopped, so all contestants go into the kitchen knowing where the gloves are — if you cut yourself, you slap on a glove and keep going.
  • In Crocodile Hunter, Steve was always injuring his hands and fingers working with crocodiles and other wildlife.
    • When Steve was feeding Graham, one of the meanest crocodiles at Australia Zoo, the crocodile bit down on his hand. He only managed to get himself free by essentially body-slamming Graham's head. Had he not done this soon, Graham would have either "death rolled", which would have ripped his hand off, or tried to eat more of him.
    • In an episode of the spinoff The Crocodile Hunter Diaries, Steve and his team were dispatched to relocate a large number of very large, aggressive crocodiles in a relatively short amount of time. One crocodile lashed out during release, injuring Steve's finger. He at first thought it was just dislocated and yanked on his finger to try and put it back in place, the finger making cracking sounds that will set your teeth on edge, only for him to then realize that it was actually broken. Since the team still had a lot of crocodiles to deal with and there was no time to get to a hospital for what Steve considered to be a minor inconvenience, he just had the broken finger taped to a nearby one and went on his merry way. And that's not even the worst thing that happened in that episode!
  • CSI: NY: Danny and Adam are taken hostage by drug dealers. Danny gets several of his fingers stomped on and broken during the ordeal.
  • In the pilot of Daybreak, Josh attempts to cut off the middle finger of a Jerkass golf member with his katana when he flips him the bird, but miscalculates the swing and lodges the sword into his hand instead.
  • In the Deadliest Catch Season 9 finale, a deckhand on one of the other boats in the crab fleet (one not normally featured on the show; the vessel's name was blurred out and never spoken aloud in the final cut) got a hand caught in the boat's bait grinder (a machine designed to grind blocks of frozen fish into pulp). Once he'd been medivac'd to a clinic, a very brief shot of the injury itself and a longer shot of the X-ray were shown. It was... not pretty.
  • In Dead Like Me, George accidentally gets her middle finger sliced off in the shredder at work. She immediately reattaches it, though — it's her Reaper-speed-healing.
  • An episode of Deadwood includes Swearengen getting his finger cut off by a rock hammer.
  • On Dexter, we see the Trinity Killer calmly take his teenage son's finger and bend it back until it breaks as punishment for smashing up his car.
  • Doc Martin accidentally distracts a cook using a spiral meat slicer that causes said took to cut off part of his index finger. And then everyone in the kitchen had to find said fingertip. Amazing that the doc didn't pass out.
  • Doctor Who:
  • Dracula (2020):
    • In both episodes 1 and 2, the first signs to Jonathan and Agatha that Dracula is causing their bodies to decay is the fact that their fingernails fall off.
    • In Episode 3, a scientist at the Harker foundation sticks her finger in Dracula's mouth when she unearths his casket on the ocean floor, believing him to be dead. Unsurprisingly, he bites her finger off, and this is what revives him from his century long coma.
    • In the same episode, Dracula does his usual "dispose of undead victim in a box" trick. When the poor slob manages to stick a few fingers out, Dracula cuts them off (off screen) to slam the lid shut again.
  • Endeavour: In "Girl", the post office robbers cut off two of the postmaster's fingers to force him to open the safe. And then it turns out he did it himself to establish an alibi.
  • It is revealed near the end of an episode of The Equalizer that the real reward on two rapists is from the victim's father, who is understandably vengeful since they cut her fingers off during the attack.
  • On ER, Mark Greene gets beat up in the men's room by an unknown assailant. The last thing the guy does is break two of Mark's fingers.
  • The Family: Clements tells Jane to cut his thumbs off so he can escape the shackles he's in, but she can't go through with it completely.
  • The first episode of Farscape's third season featured Scorpius torturing Grunchlk by implanting him with a mind control device and forcing him to bite off his own fingers.
  • In FlashForward (2009) Simon Campos sacrifices one of his own fingers (as we later learn) to conceal the fact that he knows his kidnappers and is, however reluctantly, in cahoots with them.
  • Game of Thrones:
    • Davos lost the fingertips of one hand as punishment for his crimes and keeps them around his neck as a Creepy Souvenir.
    • One of Ramsay Snow's favorite games is flaying his prisoners' fingers until they beg him to amputate.
    • Although the show never elaborates, Qhorin is called "Halfhand" for a reason.
    • Grey Wind bites off two of the Greatjon's fingers. Best behave yourself in front of Lord of Winterfell. The Greatjon is more impressed than anything.
  • Gotham: In "Beasts of Prey", Cobblepot has a guitar player's fingers cut off in order to persuade him to abandon his interest in a particular girl.
  • The Handmaid's Tale: As punishment for publicly reading from the Bible before the council as part of her plea that they let girls do this, Serena loses a finger.
  • In Harrow, the figure who dumps Quinn's body into the river uses a bone cutter to cut off the finger bearing his wedding ring before throwing the body overboard
  • Heroes:
    • In the first episode, Claire accidentally has her fingers transformed into a bloody mess after sticking her hand into a garbage disposal unit trying to retrieve a ring. This is just one of many really stupid things we see her doing to show off her healing powers to the audience.
    • In the second season, her biological father Nathan ends up with glass shards embedded in his fist after smashing a mirror during his Rage Against the Reflection.
    • In the last episode, Emma is forced to play the cello. It even shows blood drops flowing down the strings.
  • In an early episode of Highlander: The Series, a croupier loses a large sum of a casino's money, and one of the owner's Mooks gives him five days to repay the money, breaking one of his fingers each day.
  • In the second episode of The IT Crowd, Jen wears a pair of high-heel shoes intended for someone several sizes smaller. When she finally gets them off, her toes are completely mangled. It's Played for Laughs.
  • Jekyll:
    • Tom Jackman's alter-ego celebrates his first proper evening alive by beating the crap out of a man who'd humiliated Jackman earlier. Though most of it's offscreen, we do get to see him break all the fingers on the guy's right hand with a single stomp.
    • Hyde also cuts off Doctor Gilligan's thumb and uses it to get past a thumbprint scanner.
  • Justified: In "Cottonmouth", Mags Bennett breaks her son Cooper's fingers with a ballpeen hammer after his idiocy attracts the attention of the law.
  • On Lost, Sawyer gets the bamboo shoots under the fingernails treatment when Sayid tortures him for information.
  • The Man in the High Castle: Kotomichi instructs Kido to remove the last knuckle of one pinky finger before he'll let him into the Yakuza. Kido does so with nothing more than a slight grunt. This is a real Yakuza practice called yubitsume, usually done when a subordinate member has to make penance for some wrong they did to their superior. Here the viewer doesn't see the actual finger removal.
  • Marvel Cinematic Universe:
    • Daredevil:
      • In "Regrets Only", the upset "Yakuza" boss is shown inspecting a box with fingers in it just before he tells his American associate Stan Gibson how upset he is with him. A moment later, it's subverted with Gibson's bodyguards, who are shown tying pieces of string around their pinky fingers in clear anticipation of having them cut off for failing their duties. The boss simply has them both shot in the back of the head instead.
      • Stick makes his introduction cutting off a Yakuza gangster's hand while trying to get information on the Black Sky, then decapitates him once he has the information he knows.
      • In "The Dark at the End of the Tunnel", the Hand tortures Stick by having tiny bamboo sticks being inserted under his fingernails very slowly.
      • At the start of season 3, one of the men Fisk hires for an attempt on Rostam Kazemi is identifiable by Matt due to having a missing finger.
    • Jessica Jones:
      • Kilgrave made a woman play her cello nonstop, until she made a mistake, at which point he made her injure her hands. All of her fingers are wrapped in bandages.
      • Clemons ends up skinning part of his right hand near where the thumb attaches to the palm while Kilgrave is escaping the CDC compound.
    • Iron Fist: In "Felling Tree with Roots," Madame Gao sends two of her enforcers, Alexi and Vando, to punish Harold Meachum for failing to inform her that Danny Rand was also the legendary Iron Fist, sworn enemy of The Hand. Alexi explains that Madame Gao is willing to forgive foolishness, but not without punishment. He points to Vando, who owed Gao two of his fingers and his tongue after he screwed up. After killing the two enforcers, Harold cuts his own left pinkie off to keep up appearances. When Ward sees it, Harold claims he had a kitchen accident. When Harold resurrects again after being killed by Ward, the amputated finger grows back.
  • On US MasterChef Season 4, Jessie forgets to use the hand guard with her mandoline (vegetable slicer) and cuts off the tip of her finger. She is made to sit out the rest of the challenge for safety, but continues to coach her team from the sidelines. They win the challenge (the other team serves undercooked chicken).
  • Masters of Horror:
    • In "Cigarette Burns", Henri reveals that he was the original projectionist at the bloody premiere of La Fin Absolue du Monde. When he tried to stop the film all his fingers on his left hand fused together.
    • In "Imprint", the prostitute Komomo is tortured by the madam by getting needles shoved underneath her nails.
    • In "Pelts", Shanna's hand gets crushed by an elevator.
  • As a series about a Serial-Killer Killer, The Method really blindsides you when in a resolution of a case, the already-apprehended killer's wife, upon learning where her husband got her all the jewelry, tries to cut off her fingers to remove a ring she fails to tear off normally when she starts discarding her husband's gifts.
  • Midnight Caller: The mobster Ricky Roses has hated Nick Clemente ever since Nick cut his thumb off.
  • The first episode of TLC's Mostly True Stories: Urban Legends Revealed, hosted by Natasha Henstridge (now available here), examines the plausibility of a story in which a pet dog (not one trained to guard the house) bites off and nearly chokes on three of a burglar's fingers, among other myths.
  • Mouse: Ba-reum cut off Chi-guk's finger.
  • In Mr. Robot, Cisco gets a needle that gets broken stabbed into his finger for displeasing his superiors in the Dark Army.
  • MythBusters tackled a myth of a guy severing his thumb while improperly handling an S&W .500 magnum revolver (specifically, by laying his thumb alongside the cylinder gap). It was confirmed.
  • NCIS:
    • In an episode, Gibbs is grazed by a bullet that results in some rather graphic damage. He still manages to shoot the bad guy through Lee.
    • In another episode, a corpse is found with evidence of torture, including removed fingernails.
  • Monk: In "Mr. Monk Goes to the Office", a man's hand is slammed in his car door to prevent him from playing in the company's bowling tournament.
  • New Tricks: In "Trust Me", Jack slams an ex-copper's hand in an oven door and holds the door shut to get him to talk.
  • In Orphan Black, Vic gets a hand mutilated by a paper cutter when he is unable to produce the cocaine Sarah ran off with.
  • An episode of the 80s TV show The Paradise Club had a rock star's manager trying to cash in on the insurance policy on said rock star's fingers. Averted, but not before we see Bruce Dickinson (for it is he) with his right hand wedged in a fire door and a thug readying to shoulder-charge it.
  • In the Person of Interest episode "The Crossing" Fusco is captured by the Dirty Cop organization HR and tortured by breaking the fingers of one hand one by one. Fusco manages to keep his wits about him and exploits it: He breaks his own thumb, slides his bad hand free of the handcuffs, and attacks his torturer.
  • Princess Agents: Yan Xun cuts off his own finger to save Chu Qiao.
  • In Prison Break, Mahone tortures Wyatt by sticking long needles in his fingers and periodically shocking him so he doesn't pass out from the pain.
  • On Rome Pullo enlists the help of his teenage boss Octavian (later to be the emperor Augustus) in finding out whether Vorenus's brother-in-law cuckolded him. When they have the guy cornered and he's not talking quickly enough, Octavian tells Pullo to "torture him."
    Pullo: Juno's cunt, you're salty. And I was worried about bringing you along.
    Octavian: Go on, then.
    Pullo: I've never actually tortured anyone. I don't know how.
    Octavian: You don't know how?
    Pullo: They have specialists!
    Octavian: Why not cut off his thumbs?
    Pullo: Good enough. It's a start.
  • On Scrubs Turk messes up in surgery and now a concert pianist no longer has full use of his fingers, basically ruining his life.
  • The final episode of The Singing Detective has the main character attacked by two of his minor characters for not giving them names (it's a weird story). They start to pry apart his hands, which are permanently clenched into fists due to his arthritis.
  • In the Smallville episode "Spell", the evil witch Isobel puts a curse on Lex Luthor to make him play the piano indefinitely. When Clark visits him the next morning, not only is Lex practically half-dead from thirst and exhaustion, his fingers are bleeding. Clark breaks the spell by knocking the piano away.
  • Sons of Anarchy's second season had the return of an accountant mook who had a compulsion to stick his hands down his pants. Apparently, the Chinese gang he was being forced to work for didn't appreciate that, and in-between seasons realized he only needed two fingers to type.
  • In the second episode of Squid Game, Ali gets in a fight with his boss because he hasn't been paying him. The fight ends with Ali accidentally pushing his boss into a machine that crushes his fingers.
  • Supernatural:
    • Shapeshifter shed their nails allongside skin and hair when they're shedding an old form to don a new one, something we see up close in the monster's debut episode.
    • Sam gets his fingernail pulled out in a Christmas Episode.
    • Castiel cuts off at least two of Pestilence's fingers to get at his ring.
    • Two of the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse get separated from their power rings by their fingers getting cut off.
    • In "A Little Slice of Kevin", Crowley ends up cutting one of Kevin's fingers off to finally break him. It's later indicated that Castiel's Healing Hands reattached the finger.
    • In "Bad Boys": Bully, meet lawnmower.
    • In "Thin Lizzie", Len removes his own thumb in order to escape from being handcuffed. He's a little disturbed by how non-squick he felt about it due to him being The Soulless.
    • In "Gimme Shelter", a contraption cuts off Valerie Jones's fingers at three hour intervals. Castiel's Healing Hands reattach them later on.
  • One episode of Taggart showed a gangster shove a young baker's hand in a pie making machine, amputating all his fingers.
  • The Tales from the Crypt episode "Cutting Cards" features two compulsive gamblers who hate each other, after a failed Russian Roulette they decide to play "Chop Poker" for each losing hand the loser would get a finger chopped off with a meat cleaver, we see that by the end they have each lost all their limbs.
  • Channel 4 gangster Mini Series Top Boy featured two underlings sent to remove a specific finger from a rival with a pair of garden secateurs. In the heat of the moment they screw up and take the wrong one, so decide they'd better take the right one as well, just to be on the safe side.
  • In the first episode of Treadstone, Soviet operative Petra loses one of her fingers in a fight with the escaping Treadstone operative.
  • Troy: Fall of a City: During his fight with Achilles, Hector is defeated when the former strikes at his sword hand, cutting off his fingers in doing so.
  • In True Blood, Jane Bodehouse (under the influence of Maryann) cuts off her own finger like some sort of a sacrifice... offering... thing. She gets it sewn back on once it wears off, though.
  • In The Walking Dead, the Governor bites off two of Merle's fingers in a fight.
    • Also, then the remaining members of Terminus try to sneak up on Rick's group in a church, Gareth tries to negotiate with Rick so that they can live together in peace. Rick responds by shooting off two of his fingers. A massacre follows.
  • In the Westworld episode "The Bicameral Mind", Armistice bites off the tip of a technician's finger and shoves it into their mouth.
  • On The Wire, Rabid Cop Officer Walker decides to break two of the fingers of juvenile car thief Donut for giving him more paperwork to clock in.
  • The X-Files:
    • Mulder gets a finger deliberately broken by someone questioning him. (Averting Hollywood Healing, he's shown with the hand still obviously injured for at least one subsequent episode, and the interval between episodes on this show is usually somewhat indeterminate.)
    • In "Leonard Betts": Betts is a Monster of the Week with impressive regenerative powers. When he's handcuffed to a car handle, he tears off his own thumb. He will soon grow a new one, but it was obviously extremely painful.
    • And then there is Donnie Pfaster, the necrophiliac. It's hard to describe just how creepy he is and how scary his initial episode is — oddly because it inverts the show's formula in that there really isn't a paranormal aspect to it. He's just socially awkward enough to come off as unassuming, but not quite charming. He lures his victims to his apartment (except Scully, then he goes the kidnapping route), where he makes them bathe before he kills them and cuts off their fingers to keep in his freezer. Yikes.

  • Midnight by The Birthday Massacre has an example in the first three lines: "I can't decide. Which one of us should leave here alive? Your fingers breaking as I place them over mine."
  • "Don't Put Your Finger in the Fan" by The Tinklers warns against sticking fingers in fans, blenders, lawnmowers, etc.
  • Tony Iommi from Black Sabbath had the tips of his fingers cut off by a metal cutting machine on his last day of work before becoming a professional musician. He ended up creating plastic fingertips covered with leather for grip and used lighter strings to be able to keep playing guitar. Also, a reason he started tuning down his guitar giving the added bonus of a deeper, darker sound. This is a rare positive version of Fingore.
  • Brazilian band Raimundos has a line in "Eu Quero Ver o Oco": "My hatred for automobiles started early, ever since I trapped my fingers in the door of an Opalão"
  • Mandolinist/vocalist Gene Johnson from Diamond Rio accidentally cut his left thumb on a saw while doing cabinetry work in Little Rock, Arkansas the day before his 41st birthday in August 1990.
  • Tom Lehrer's "I Hold Your Hand in Mine", from Songs by Tom Lehrer, has the lines "I hold your hand in mine, dear / I press it to my lips /I take a healthy bite from your dainty fingertips." (Although it should be noted that the hand in question has already been detached from its owner.)
  • Pete Townshend of The Who has a famous "windmill" method of playing guitar. This tears the hell out of his fingers. In fact, there are several occasions where the strings have taken his fingernails right off.
  • "The Mariner's Revenge Song" by The Decemberists has the protagonist's dying mother telling him to track down the man who left them penniless and "break his fingers to splinters."
  • Bassist Abraham Laboriel Sr. lost the tip of his left index finger when he was four years old. His father taught him how to play guitar with his three remaining fingers. However, it became difficult for Laboriel, so he ended up switching to bass guitar.
  • Trace Adkins accidentally cut off his left pinky finger when cutting open a bucket with a knife in 1989. He had to have it reattached at an angle so he could continue to play guitar with it.
  • During the production of his Nylon Curtain album in April 1982, Billy Joel crashed his motorcycle into an intersection in his native Long Island. His left thumb was crushed and his right hand went out of his socket. Although he was able to recover, Joel had no bone in his left thumb.
  • At the age of only four, Jerry Garcia was holding a piece of wood for his brother to chop. His brother miscalculated and accidentally cut off most of his middle finger.

    Music Videos 
  • The music video for the song "Right Now" by Korn. Though Fingore is the very least of that video's issues.
  • Near the end of Earl Sweatshirt's "Earl", we see a Gross-Up Close-Up of Earl pulling his own fingernail off.
  • One of the many blink-and-you-miss-it gags in the video for Weird Al's "Like a Surgeon" is the OR nurse cutting off one of his fingers.

    Myths & Religion 
  • The Aztec rain god Tlaloc specifically demanded sacrifices of young children. To bring the much-needed rain for the crops, the tears of the young needed to be poured, so the priests tore the nails of children as young as 4 to make them cry before sacrificing them to the god.
  • The Bible: In Judges 1:6, the Israelites capture the Canaanite king and cut off his thumbs and big toes. This is also an example of Laser-Guided Karma, because this king had previously cut off the thumbs and big toes of seventy other kings he had conquered.
  • Sedna, the Inuit sea goddess. There are many versions of the story of how she came to rule over the sea, but all the versions involve her father throwing her into the ocean from a kayak, then cutting off her fingers to prevent her from climbing back in. After drowning, she ascended to a higher plane of existence, and the fingers she lost turned into the creatures of the sea. Most of these creatures remember that a man killed their mother, and thus avoid humans out of fear. But one — the polar bear — seeks revenge instead, so wise Inuit know that Bears Are Bad News. The polar bear fittingly came from Sedna's middle finger, so when you see one, it's the goddess Flipping the Bird (or maybe flipping the bear?).

    Pro Wrestling 
  • James Mitchell (The Sinister Minister) blew off a chunk of a finger when he overloaded his fireball device and it went off in his hand before November to Remember 2000.
  • After hearing someone had broken into the Messiah's Home and nearly severed his finger when confronted, "Sick" Nick Mondo tried to gain an advantage over him in CZW matches by finishing the job whenever they wrestled.
  • Infamously, Raven genuinely broke several of Tommy Dreamer's fingers during a match in ECW.
  • Sara Del Rey seemingly went into Shimmer volume 35 with the game plan of stop Rachel Summerlynn's fingers from working.
  • In 2008, Honky Tonk Man nearly lost his right index finger in an accident at a photo op, when someone wanted to take a picture of him swinging his guitar, but it broke and cut into his finger. The injury forced him to skip or cut short several matches, as he was in too much pain.
  • During Outlaw Inc's ambush of then-new Ring of Honor Tag Team Champions reDRagon, they broke Kyle O'Reilly's fingers.
  • This is Marty Scurll's trademark where he (kayfabe) breaks an opponent’s fingers with a loud sell from the victim.
  • Pete Dunne of British Strong Style fame also has a habit of (kayfabe) breaking fingers.
  • Red Velvett's most common way of breaking an illegal hold is isolating and bending a finger. Granted, small joint manipulation itself is traditionally illegal in professional wrestling.

  • In Survival of the Fittest v3, in the showdown between the final four Lulu Altaire slices off two of J.R. Rizzolo's fingers (left pinky and ring) with a scythe.

  • Former San Francisco 49ers safety Ronnie Lott - having had his left pinky finger crushed in the 1985 regular-season finale - elected to have the tip of that pinky finger amputated due to the fact that a bone graft (the other option available to him) would prevent him from being able to play at the beginning of the following season. Lott would play 9 more years (including winning 2 more Super Bowls with the 49ers) en route to being named to the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
  • In the final moments of Game 2 of the 2018 NHL Stanley Cup Finals, with his Washington Capitals leading 3-2, defender Brooks Orpik took a nasty slash from the Vegas Golden Knights' Erik Haula that severed half of his left pinky. Fortunately, his finger was reattached without much issue.
  • On July 4, 2015, NFL linebacker Jason Pierre-Paul, then playing for the New York Giants, infamously sustained a serious hand injury when a lit firework exploded in his right hand before he had the chance to throw it. As a result, his index finger was amputated and he also lost portions of his thumb and middle finger. He subsequently recounted the experience in a Public Service Announcement to warn others about fireworks safety. Fortunately, he was later able to resume his football career with gloves specially made to fit his mangled hand.

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    Theme Parks 
  • The 2010 theme for Busch Gardens's Howl-O-Scream, MyX, is centered around a band whose lead singer Sylvie chooses a man from the audience at each show, gets him backstage, and amputates his index finger with her guitar strings.

    Video Games 
  • Assassin's Creed:
    • Altair (and, presumably, all fledgling assassins in Assassin's Creed) must cut off their own ring finger as part of their initiation rituals. It is nominally replaced by a spring-loaded stiletto that shoots out into roughly the same place. In the sequel however, Ezio requires no such sacrifice, due to the blade's mechanism being modified in the 13th century (likely by Altaïr as outlined in the Codex pages), to keep Assassins from being identified so easily.
    • Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood further expands on the ritual. Instead of losing a finger, new assassins get red hot iron tongs placed on the top and bottom of the base of their ring fingers, likely to symbolize the cutting off of the finger.
    • Girolamo Savonarola was shown to have lost his pinky finger, albeit it wasn't revealed why and served merely as a way for Ezio to track him down after he stole the Apple from Ezio.
    • Early on in Assassin's Creed Origins, Bayek ends up losing his ring finger after a mishap with his Hidden Blade caused it to trigger while in the middle of a struggle, which would eventually begin the above ritual.
  • At one point while traversing the museum in Batman: Arkham City, the Penguin freezes a cop's hand with Mr. Freeze's ice gun. He then takes a hammer to it. It happens over the intercom, so we don't see it, but the sound is enough.
  • Seen being done to a corpse's hand in a flashback from Beyond the Spirit's Eye. The severed finger is later found frozen in ice, and must be used to bypass a print-keyed electronic lock.
  • This is implied to have happened to the character Elizabeth in BioShock Infinite. The ending reveals that it happened when a dimensional portal closed on her pinky when she was an infant.
  • Near the end of Condemned: Criminal Origins, SKX cuts off Ethan Thomas's finger as he has him chained to a wall. First-Person Fingore.
  • In The Brigmore Witches DLC of Dishonored, once you help Lizzie Stride take her boat back, she gives a speech to her crew that she's willing to forgive them but certain members of the gang now owe her a finger. When one of them starts cursing under her breath, Lizzie states that person now owes her two fingers.
  • In Dragon Age: Inquisition, your potential Qunari companion, the Iron Bull, is missing part of two fingers on his left hand (and has a sizable scar on the next one over, showing that he likely narrowly avoided losing that one as well).
  • One of the number cards in Dr. Mal: Practice of Horror depicts a palm-outward hand with all of the flesh missing from the pinky finger.
  • Several emergency healing animations in Far Cry 2 involve doing wincingly awful things to your hand to make it work again. You usually get to see a close up of your protagonist's mangled, dislocated (but not severed) hand/fingers and the need for them to grab it and twist the joints sharply back into place. While that is a theoretical fix for dislocated joints, the player character is not trained to do this sort of thing. Then there's the emergency healing animation that involves extracting a large chunk of shrapnel from the web of skin between the fingers, which is implied to have sunk all the way down vertically through the knuckle and into the palm. Yeah, this game is kind of horrific like that.
  • In the finale of Far Cry 3, the Big Bad chops off the hero's ring finger to torture him.
  • God of War III:
    • You can engage in a little Fingore on Cronos. More specifically, during the battle you slash off the end of one of his gigantic nails using your Blades of Chaos, and then pull the remains of the nail right off.
    • You can also severe one of Gaia's hands.
  • In The Hanged Man's Out Of The Window ending, Will gets several of his fingers blasted off when he fires a damaged gun.
  • In Heavy Rain, you can choose to cut off Ethan's finger with any of the tools present in one of the Origami Killer's challenges.
  • The Jackbox Party Pack:
    • A minigame in Trivia Murder Party forces you to either cut off a finger or die. Each finger represents an answer choice, meaning as long as you're alive you cannot choose that answer. So if the finger you cut off corresponds to a right answer on a later question, well, sucks to be you.
    • Trivia Murder Party 2 brings this back in the form of the Grandma's Knife item from the "Gifts" minigame. It forces you to cut off a finger not only when you receive it, but every time you're the only living player who gets an answer wrong.
  • In Lollipop Chainsaw, Juliet saws off several of Killabilly's fingers, but he can regrow them.
  • One terminal in Marathon Infinity contains a Translation Train Wreck that appears to be about a character in extreme pain from having his fingers mutilated during torture.
  • The horror game Outlast has the insane "Doctor" Trager cut off two of Miles' fingers: the ring finger of his left hand, and the index finger of his right, prompting Miles to wordlessly scream in agony and the screen to tinge red. When he finally manages to get free, he vomits all over the floor. Plus, since you can see his hands, there's also part of the bone that's still visible. But he'll be goddamned if he'll let that stop him.
  • Downplayed in Persona 5: while nobody's digits are chopped off, Yusuke's Persona awakening is accompanied by the sight of him scraping his fingers along the ground, leaving trails of blood behind them.
  • Planescape: Torment:
    • You can swipe a decaying finger with an interesting looking ring on it from a mentally deficient cannibal in Ragpicker's Square. You can't get the ring off the finger to examine it. So, what do you do? Bite off your own finger and use your Healing Factor to graft the rotting finger to the blood-spurting stump. All of it in lovingly explicit detail. For the curious, it is sort of worth it; the ring is a "cursed" (meaning you can't take it off without a specific spell) ring that increases your protection, which is quite helpful in a game where you can't get much in the way of armor. At the very least, it can be sold for a good sum, which helps you get other stuff.
    • You can also lose a fingertip (or a whole hand) by touching the Black Birds of Ocanthus (black, superchilled, sharp blades whirling in the air atop a pedestal) at Yvana's Galleria. This one's actually Played for Laughs a bit; your reaction is "Wait for your fingertip to grow back, hope no one saw that."
  • Early in Resident Evil Village, a Lycan bites off part of Ethan's left hand, removing his pinky, part of his ring finger, and a chunk of his palm. He spends the entire game afterwards with it bandaged, though it thankfully doesn't affect his combat skills.
  • Tales of Monkey Island: In "The Trial and Excecution of Guybrush Threepwood", Morgan LeFlay tries to shut up the resident Mad Scientist, the Marquis De Singe, by breaking his finger. Thanks to his recently gained Healing Factor, this doesn't do her any good.
  • Until Dawn: If you investigate the wrong object in the Sanitorium, Mike can get two of the fingers on his left hand caught in a bear trap. Earlier in the area, you can find a machete, and so you have a choice: cut the fingers off, or use the machete to open the bear trap - which breaks the machete, leaving you unarmed in the lair of what for all appearances is a psychotic murderer.
  • The Walking Dead: If Clementine went alone with AJ at the end of season 2, a flashback in Season 3 episode 1 reveals that her right ring finger was crushed by a car door while defending AJ from walkers and she had to amputate half of it.
  • In Yakuza, Futoshi Shimano cuts off the pinky and ring finger of one of his henchmen with the straight razor that was being used to shave his own head just a few minutes earlier. An instance of Truth in Television — see the Real Life example below.
    • Yakuza 0 has Daisaku Kuze, one of the main Tojo Lieutenants and recurring boss, does this after his loss to Kiryu in Chapter 1. Since by that point he lost to Kiryu who is no longer part of the Tojo Clan at this point and is now just a civilian, he commits Yubitsume. Losing that pinky tip doesn't make him any less dangerous as he keeps coming back for more.
    • One Heat Action while wielding a pair of pliers as a weapon has the player character pin a mook's arm before yanking one of his fingernails off with the pliers (if they don't go for teeth instead).

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    Web Animation 
  • AstroLOLogy:
    • In the short "Tender Loving Care", Aries goes to the hospital for a cut on his finger. Cancer treats it, but while snipping the excess bandage accidentally cuts another of his fingers, and this continues until she's bandaged both of his whole hands. The short ends with Taurus going in for a cut on his own finger.
    • The short "In the Trauma Room" centers around Pisces having a melodramatic breakdown over cutting her finger.
  • DSBT InsaniT: Played for Laughs at the start of 'Carneelval' when Dave crushes Koden's hand, leaving it disfigured for the remainder of the scene.
  • In RWBY, Tyrian Callows once dislocated his right thumb intentionally in order to escape from the bonds holding his wrists together. You can clearly see the bruised digit hang limply from his hand before he slams his hand onto the ground to painfully reset his thumb.

    Web Comics 

    Web Original 
  • In chapter 10 of T.O.T., Eddie Sanchez has three of his fingers sliced off by Maximus Slade, shortly before he's killed.
  • Trapped starts with discovering a severed finger in your wallet. Subverted in that it's a prosthetic.

    Web Videos 
  • Breaking Trail: Coyote Peterson has many videos in which he personally demonstrates why and how certain animals can hurt you, including wasps, porcupines, lionfish, snapping turtles, ants, crabs, and lobsters, among others. And by "personally", it means that his fingers are usually the first in line to get struck by the animal of the day.
  • The Duck Guy's fingers get a nice close-up in the second episode of Don't Hug Me I'm Scared as they rot away to expose muscles, veins, and eventually bones.
  • Tom Bishop winds up having one of his fingers horribly mutilated by the Big Bad's mooks in The Proxy. Sarah's Healing Hands fix it — and apparently transfer some of her powers to him, although he doesn't realize that last part until it's all over.

    Western Animation 
  • The Adventure Time episode "Dungeon" has Finn trying to imitate Jake's ability to turn his hand into a makeshift key to open a lock, with predictable results.
  • American Dad!:
    • In "Threat Levels", a professional actor who pretends to be a bum fighter bites off one of his own thumbs, as it turns out he wasn't aware that he did it, and he doubled as a hand model.
    • In "Big Trouble in Little Langley", Steve tries to pull a stunt with dynamite to impress a lady — just to get his thumb blown off.
    • "Return of the Bling" features an insane Roger biting off one of Stan's fingers, a direct (and deliberate) Shout-Out to The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King.
    • Subverted in "Wheels and the Legman in the Case of Grandpa's Key", in which a criminal apparently sends Steve and Roger Stan's chopped finger, but it turned out Stan himself sent it and it was actually a mozzarella stick with the crust sucked off.
    • "Finger Lenting Good" has Stan cutting off his own finger to fulfill Bullock's Lent pact with the family.
    • In "Kloger", Roger's text messaging creates visible, giant text bubbles. When Francine touches one, it strips her index finger to the bone because they're made out of flesh-eating bacteria.
    • In "Yule. Tide. Repeat.", during a 5-minute "Groundhog Day" Loop that keeps ending with either his own death or the deaths of his family, Stan slides across an ice skating rink and has all of his fingers sliced by the skaters' ice skates, then bleeds out not long after.
    • In "Enter Stanman", Stan accidentally cuts his finger while trying to cut his steak. He then passes out from blood loss.
  • In an episode of Aqua Teen Hunger Force, a living murderous dummy cuts off Carl's fingers and keeps them by his side when pretending to not be alive.
  • The Mechanist from Avatar: The Last Airbender has three missing fingers, one for each failed attempt at creating a finger-safe knife sharpener.
  • Beavis and Butt-Head:
    • In one of the show's goriest moments, Beavis gets his index finger cut off while playing with a table saw in wood shop. It gets reattached later in the episode, but he breaks it off again while picking his nose.
    • Also, in the first season episode "Lawn & Garden", Beavis tries to use a chainsaw to kill a grasshopper that Butt-Head is holding, resulting in another lost finger. Thanks to the Reset Button, it apparently has grown back in time for the next episode.
  • On Big City Greens, a prominent aspect of Bill's design is that he lost half of his right index finger in a hay baler accident.
  • Bob's Burgers: In "The Kids Run the Restaurant", Bob is distracted while surrounded by his family loudly arguing as he chops tomatoes, and cuts himself between two fingers (or "finger-crotch" as the family calls it). As the doctor Bob gets at the emergency room is an inexperienced youngster, his attempts at stitching keep breaking.
  • Brickleberry - In "Steve the Fearless Pilot", this happens to Woody a lot.
    • Try living a day as Firecracker Jim. He's an amputated stump who lost both his hands and both his feet since he blew them off completely with his own explosives.
    • In "Trailer Park", Ethel tried cutting off BoDean's fingers to force him to give up Bobby's location. Though of course Ethel didn't bring her own knife, and she finds BoDean only has plastic knives. BoDean "assures" he has plastic spoons too.
  • In an episode of Drawn Together, Captain Hero, while yelling at Xander, casually cuts off his own fingers with an opener in a fit of rage.
    • There's also the scene when Clara, in a very Hostel-esque setting, starts ripping Foxxy's fingernails. When Foxxy has finished saying her comfort words, Clara actually has one of her fingers in the pliers.
    • In another after thinking the others are dead from the rapture, Princess Clara at one point sticks her hand into the garbage disposal and cuts off all her fingers.
  • Family Guy:
    • In one episode, Peter gets his fingers blown off by a stick of dynamite.
    • In another, while drunk during a drinking game, Peter smashes all his fingers with a hammer.
    • During a montage of Quagmire becoming addicted to Tinder, he swipes across his phone's screen so many times so fast that he whittles his index finger to the bone.
  • Final Space: In "One of Us", Ash's duel with the Lord Commander at the beginning ends with the latter unleashing an attack that breaks the former's fingers, rendering her powers unusable. In "The Devil's Den", a post-Face–Heel Turn Ash returns the favor to the Lord Commander after he achieves his One-Winged Angel form, showing just how much greater Invictus' power is than his.
  • One episode of Futurama has Amy accidentally cut off her own finger with a chisel. She acts as if she only broke a nail.
  • In the Green Lantern: First Flight animated movie, Kilowog steps on a yellow power ring, breaking it. Since Sinestro happened to be wearing it at the time, this also resulted in breaking all Sinestro's fingers.
  • The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy:
    • In "The Loser From the Earth's Core", Billy shows Grim and Mandy his frostbitten hands from being out in the cold without mittens because he gave them to Nergal (who didn't wear them, he used them as kindling for a fire made from Billy's game console). One of his fingers then falls off.
    • In the Halloween special "Underfist", after recovering from a beating, Hoss Delgado threatens a monster while shaking his finger at it, only for his finger to snap and break off.
  • King of the Hill:
    • Dale's inattention causes Hank to accidentally cut Dale's finger off with an electric saw. It gets reconnected, though.
    • It's been mentioned that Boomhauer lost his pinky toe in a camping accident.
    • After being blown out of a tank, Bill cheerfully says his carpal tunnel is gone and shows the guys his severely broken hand, including twisted fingers.
    • "Ahh!! I ain't got no fingers!"
  • In a Looney Tunes short where Sylvester chases Tweety into a dollhouse; as he reaches for him, Tweety paints his finger to look like himself and Sylvester shoots it. Sylvester screams in pain and looks at his finger which has the top blown off and it's burnt and steaming.
  • The Ren & Stimpy Show:
    • In "Hermit Ren", Stimpy hammers a nail into his own finger while hanging a picture.
    • In "Magical Golden Singing Cheeses", Stimpy had earlier given the cheeses to a giant to use as shoes, but needs them so he and Ren don't starve to death and attempts to get them back while the giant is sleeping. After pulling on them, he gives up and tries a new idea: he takes a crowbar and accidentally jams it into one of the giant's big toes, ripping off one of his toenails in the process.
  • In the "Vat of Acid Episode" of Rick and Morty, Morty survives a plane crash and gets stranded in a very cold, snowy area. He goes on a trek to recover his luggage and when he finds his phone, the screen is frosted over and operating it with his frostbitten hand causes bleeding and soon loss of skin on his fingertip.
  • In the Rocko's Modern Life episode "Carnival Knowledge" upon arriving at the carnival Slippy shows Rocko and Heffer his latest victim ("a satisfied customer" as he calls him), a pig covered in cuts and bruises while wrapped in bandages and crutches walks by, he weakly gives Slippy the thumbs up before his thumb snaps and breaks off with blood spurting from the severed thumb.
  • In a season 12 episode of The Simpsons ("Trilogy of Error"), Homer gets his thumb cut off while trying to take a slice of brownie from the tin as Marge is still cutting it. It gets sewn back on later.
    • The McBain episode featured in "Last Exit To Springfield" features a scene (you might have to slow this scene down or pause it) where he mows down Mendoza's henchmen and you can see the one eating cake getting his thumb blown off.
    • In "Bart the Mother," Homer attempts to play five-finger filet (four in his case), but instead of missing his fingers he winds up stabbing each and every one.
    • In "G.I. D'oh," Homer hides in the sewers when the Army invades Springfield to search for him. When he pokes his head out of a manhole to see if the coast is clear, a tank runs over the cover with Homer's fingers poking out.
    • In the third segment of "Treehouse of Horror XXVIII", when Homer starts engaging in escalating Autocannibalism, he first realizes that he tastes delicious when he accidentally cuts off his finger while attempting to cut a frozen hot dog, then grills said finger and eats it.
  • In the South Park episode "Let Go, Let Gov" Alec Baldwin cuts his thumbs off with a meat cleaver to punish himself so he can't type offensive things on Twitter anymore.
  • SpongeBob SquarePants:
    • Happens in "No Weenies Allowed" when SpongeBob wants to get into the Salty Spitoon. He cracks his knuckles and his entire fingers snap like sticks, resulting in him putting them into some ice cream to relieve the pain.
    • "The Splinter" features a rather detailed closeup of SpongeBob getting a splinter in his thumb.
    • "Tea At The Treedome" has a very mild case. When Sandy takes the flowers from SpongeBob, part of his finger breaks off.
  • Star vs. the Forces of Evil: A major plot of the second season is Moon Butterfly blasting Toffee's finger off with a powerful spell, her daughter Star finding said finger and getting it out of her wand, and Toffee possessing Ludo and announcing he's reclaiming his finger.
  • Star Wars: The Clone Wars: In "Innocents of Ryloth", clone trooper Boil gets bitten on the finger by Heartwarming Orphan Numa when he tries to approach her, to his considerable irritation.
  • Star Wars Rebels: In "Legacy of Mandalore", Gar Saxon gets the fingers of his right hand severed at the first knuckle when Sabine disarms him during their duel.
  • In an episode of Superman: The Animated Series, a mook attacks Superman with gloves that allow him to control giant hands. Superman breaks the giant hands, and the same thing happens to the mook's hands.
  • On SuperMansion, The Groaner's finger gets cut off by one of Black Saturn's throwing discs in his second appearance and ends up in a pickle jar. Brad finds the jar containing the finger at a grocery store and plans to use it to sue the store for a quick buck, only for Cooch to unknowingly eat it.
  • In the Sym-Bionic Titan episode "Roar of the White Dragon" while fight a giant slime beast with long arms at one point they use the Titan to break one of the monster's fingers causing it to scream in pain, they then rip off its arm and beat it with it.
  • The first episode of Teacher's Pet has the school principal Crosby Strickler mention that he hates dogs because he got half of his thumb bit off by one that was brought to class when he was in the fourth grade.
  • In the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2003) episode "Insane in the Membrane", Baxter Stockman only becomes convinced that his new body is unstable when he watches his index finger spontaneously melt off.
  • In the Tex Avery cartoon "The Cuckoo Clock" at one point the cat reaches for the cuckoo bird inside a mouse hole the bird takes the cat's thumb and paints it to look like himself, the cat thinking he has the bird pulls out a gun and shoots it, he screams in pain and we see his thumb with a hole in it and it deflates.
  • Tom and Jerry:
    • In Trap Happy, Butch gets his fingers crushed under the weight of a wall he was trying to lift to catch Jerry. The mouse then hits each of his fingers with a hammer from inside the wall.
    • In the Gene Deitch short Down and Outing, while Tom and Jerry are in the master's car, Jerry pushes down on the gas pedal and makes the car speed out of control. The master sees Tom's paw searching for Jerry underneath him and he, thinking the cat is to blame for the incident, stomps on it with his foot.
    • The short Sorry Safari has the same brutish master slamming the lid of his lunchbox on Tom's fingers while the cat is searching through it for Jerry.
  • Transformers: Prime has Predaking brutally stomp on Ultra Magnus' right hand. A full repair isn't possible with the Autobots' limited resources, so his hand is replaced by a rudimentary claw-appendage for the rest of the series (and he never deploys his gun on that arm again either, implying that he can't).
  • Randal tries to pull a stunt with dynamite in Ugly Americans, only his entire hand is blown off. He's a zombie though, so he gets better.
  • What A Cartoon! Show
    • In The Kitchen Casanova, the title character is chopping vegetables while thinking of his love interest Doris, and he accidentally cuts off one of his fingers. He bandages it up but accidentally replaces it with a carrot at first.
    • The short Help! has the cat protagonist pricking his finger and going to the hospital while it's still swollen, suffering more pain throughout the trip until the doctor almost chops it off with an axe.
  • Wishfart: One episode has Dez get his wish-granting finger guillotined by some other leprechauns as punishment for his refusal to conform to leprechaun stereotypes. While the finger does grow back very shortly after being cut off, it does cause him a significant amount of pain and wishing magic spurts from the wound like High-Pressure Blood.

    Real Life 
  • Yubitsume, getting your pinky chopped off (or being ordered to do it to yourself!) is a risk you face while in the Yakuza, so Four-Fingered Hands get redrawn for Japanese audiences to avoid the Unfortunate Implications.
  • Averting this trope is a big selling point for newer brands of blood-sugar-testing kits, marketed to diabetics who are tired of pricking their fingers.
  • Researchers studying populations of very small mammals, such as meadow voles, sometimes "mark" animals they've already trapped and released by clipping off unique combinations of toes. This is necessary because dye on the specimens' fur would be removed (and ingested, which can be dangerous) when they groom themselves, and such tiny creatures can't be banded or collared because of weight concerns.
  • A classic old Chinese torture, tean zu involves several strips of bamboo placed between the fingers. It has been depicted in several period dramas. Also removing fingernails. It was also used by the Japanese.
  • At least two of the great silent comedians suffered injuries that cost them part or all of one or more fingers.
    • Buster Keaton had the tip of his right index finger amputated after it was crushed in a clothes-wringer.
    • Harold Lloyd lost his left thumb and index finger when a prop bomb he was posing with for publicity photos exploded.
  • James Doohan, who played Chief Engineer Montgomery Scott in the original Star Trek, lost his right middle finger to friendly fire during the invasion of Normandy.
  • In the last several years, up to 47 percent of injuries reported by astronauts have been hand injuries, specifically, their fingernails fall off. This is because of the way the glove is designed.
  • Any country worker (cowboys, charros, huasos, gauchos, etc.) who uses a lasso is very liable to end up losing at least one finger by handling it. For example, in the Mexico Special of Globe Trekker, Ian Wright was shown talking to a charro who lost his pinky finger like this years ago, and there was more than one close-up to his hand.
  • Among the many injuries that James Hetfield got when he got badly burned onstage in 1992, there were the third degrees burns on his left hand and arm.
  • Don't Google image search "hand in meat grinder". Take Our Word for It.
  • Declawing cats. To remove their claws, their fingers are cut off at the first knuckle. Some shelters will require any prospective cat owners to sign an agreement not to declaw their cats as a result; if it discovered that the cat was declawed anyway, the shelter will be legally able to reclaim the cat for breach of contract (animal cruelty, in this case, being hard to prove).
  • Pinioning is the avian equivalent of declawing, to keep birds from flying. This is where the wing joints furthest from the body are removed; it is primarily done to domestic birds such as ducks, geese, and chickens. "Clipped wings" in regard to pet birds, such as parrots and budgies, are a bit of a misnomer; only the feathers are affected. Done properly, it is like cutting fingernails; it doesn't hurt and the feathers will grow back.
  • A British man tried to shoot a wart off his finger with a gun. He shot off most of the finger. But hey — at least he got rid of the wart!
  • Walter Jones, the actor who played Zack on Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers, is missing a finger on his left hand. The camera crews did a very thorough job concealing this on the show to avoid discrepancies with the Kyōryū Sentai Zyuranger footage.
  • During the assassination of the third Muslim Caliph Uthman ibn Affan by particularly radical followers of his rival, Ali ibn Abu Talib, his wife threw herself upon him to protect him. She raised her hand, and her fingers were chopped off for her trouble. Uthman's relative, Muawiyah ibn Abu Sufyan, displayed the wife's chopped-off fingertips to Ali as a challenge: why won't you bring the assassins to justice. This eventually allowed Muawiyah to take the Caliphate.
  • Studying culinary arts will endanger your fingers. Sliced, cut, burned, it will happen. The only consolation is that fingers heal shockingly well.
  • If you work in a field that involves a lot of sewing, stitching through a finger on a sewing machine is treated as almost inevitable.
  • A common risk when dealing with any kind of industrial machinery that you have to manually guide things through. Things like circular and band saws are quite capable of shearing off fingers, as are paper cutters designed to cut many sheets at one time, meaning that the user has to pay attention and know what the fuck he or she is doing when operating them. For this reason, wood shop teachers in high school, when introducing students to the machinery, will often tell horror stories about students losing fingers, eyes, etc. when they weren't careful.
  • In the extended DVD interview for The Two Towers,, John Rhys-Davies revealed that he's missing the end of one of his middle fingers, so his Gimli gloves had a prosthetic fingertip. He also relates a story where said fingertip was damaged in a way that looked like a serious injury, and as a prank, Rhys-Davies put some fake blood in the "wound" and told Peter Jackson "Pete, I've had an accident." To say Jackson was a little freaked out would be to horribly understate it.
  • The reality series Bizarre ER on Discovery Fit & Health seems to love profiling these. Mutilated fingers have popped up too many times to count, from fish-hooks, a butcher's accident, a farmer gored by his bull, and quite a few more.
  • For those learning about first aid, you'll most likely be shown a diagram of a person with avulsions on their fingers. An avulsion is like an abrasion (such as skinned knees), but Up to Eleven.
  • Many rock climbers make a point of taking their wedding rings off when they climb in order to avoid a nasty injury known as degloving. It's exactly what it sounds like: the ring catches on something and comes off, peeling all the skin on your finger neatly away with it.
  • Believe it or not, a lot of ways to heal a broken nail or misgrown nail is usually to tear it out. Example A: Due to the nail either not healing well, or causing damage the the finger/toe it's ripped off. Example B: some people (usually the elderly) can have their toenails grow a little weirdly (like the nail won't cover the area of the toe it grows from). Usual solution: Rip it off!
  • In The Manchurian Candidate, Frank Sinatra delivers a judo chop that landed on a coffee table with such force that it broke his finger, which never fully healed. And they left the actual shot in the movie.
  • Studying chemistry can be very hazardous to your digital health. Heat burns, glass cuts, discolorations, acid burns, lye burns, explosions... The list just keeps going on. You can tell a good research chemist by how many of his limbs he has left.
  • Neodymium magnets are much stronger than they look. You should always keep this in mind when handling two of them, unless you enjoy having two flying chunks of metal making a sandwich out of your fingers.
  • Anyone who's ever done any extensive work on miniatures for Tabletop Gaming (either Role-playing Games or Wargaming) can tell you: Xacto knives are very sharp, and pin vicesnote  will oftentimes find their way from the model and into your fingers or hand. In fact, several websites that give tutorials on Tabletop Miniature modeling will often also give warning about proper use of those tools.
  • Two examples from Historical European Martial Arts: a krumphau to the hands can cut off your opponent's fingers, and there's a nasty unarmed technique in Ringeck's wrestling: if your opponent tries to reach out and grab you, intercept his hand by seizing his first two fingers in your right hand, his second two fingers in your left, and then yank them in opposite directions.
  • At one point while filming Super Mario Bros. with John Leguizamo, Bob Hoskins broke one of his fingers when Leguizamo hit the brakes on the van they were driving in, causing it to almost tip over.
  • YouTube users doing Fruit Ninja Challenges with real swords have very soon realized doing so was a big mistake, and the bloody outcomes are usually caught on camera.
  • An especially horrifying example: Sylvia Likens' "caretaker" once burned her bare fingertips as punishment for stealing a bathing suit. Even worse, this is just one of many tortures she was subjected to.
  • Another horrific example involves John Fian, a supposed witch who had his fingernails torn out and needles stuck in the stumps, as well as having his feet crushed.
  • Neil Armstrong was working on his farm in 1978 when he got his wedding ring caught in a machine and tore off part of his left ring finger. Since he was no stranger to dangerous situations, he calmly picked up the finger, packed it in ice, and drove to the hospital, where surgeons were able to reattach it.
  • Another one for the long list of industries likely to hurt your fingers — if you're a crafter and work with a hot glue gun, be very, very careful with it, because getting your fingers burned by one hurts a lot.

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