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Gloved Fist of Doom

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When the Big Bad wants to visually flex his power, he shoves his hands into big (usually black) gloves with an upward thrusting motion, then makes an evil fist (although a clawed semi-fist, as if clutching something unseen, is sometimes also done). Putting on the gloves while doing this can be optional (in an upward move similar to a Glove Snap). Actually wearing gloves while making the gesture can be optional, but the gloves seem to add gravitas to the move. For extra points, we get a scrunchy-leathery-rubbery sound effect as the fist is clenched.

Pretty much a Mad Scientist staple, but the fisted glove is also a trope of megalomaniacs in general, showing off their power.

Could also be an Evil Hand, and include a Fist of Rage. When it's a Mad Doctor performing it, it might also include a Glove Snap. When the heroes do it, it's a Bicep-Polishing Gesture. Compare Milking the Giant Cow. Not related to a Victory Fist Pump, though it may be related to the anime Fist Pump. Not to be confused with Giant Hands of Doom. Also not to be confused with the Power Fist. Or the Black Power Fist.


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    Anime and Manga 
  • Fullmetal Alchemist: When Colonel Roy Mustang prepares to fake the killing of Maria Ross, there is a scene of him putting on his trademark "ignition gloves" in the classic evil fashion, complete with a closeup of the flame transmutation circle. Subverted in that he only pretends to kill her to create cover for her escape, using a pile of meat transmuted into a fake carcass as a decoy Ross, and thus does not do anything evil. Not that Ed knew that at the time.
  • Sakura Haruno of Naruto inverts the trope, usually with a nice Glove Snap to go with it. She's one of the good guys, but if she uses this gesture then beware.

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  • Jaffar in Aladdin makes the move - sans gloves - when he turns into a genie. "THE ABSOLUTE POWER!"
  • Despicable Me: Though he never dons gloves, Gru does this when he announces his plans to steal the moon.
  • Syndrome does it in The Incredibles, with a semi-closed fist (reversing the trope with white gloves). His zero-point energy rays are generated by his gloves and he likes to gesture with them.
  • Rothbart does it in The Swan Princess while asserting "No, Odette... is MINE!" to Derek.
  • The Flying Glove from Yellow Submarine is this personified and magnified.

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  • Star Wars Legends: There was a kids' series titled The Glove of Darth Vader, and it was about the eponymous glove as a Memento MacGuffin. Presumably the bad guy made this gesture some more after he found it. It was actually turned into a literal Artifact of Doom with some installed circuitry that allowed the user to fake Force lightning, at the expense of burning his hand and ongoing nerve damage that rendered him blind. Naturally he refused to take it off anyway, although he did have the circuitry removed.

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  • Recent studies have shown that clenching one's fist in this manner does indeed increase one's sense of power and increase willpower. Especially if you're thinking evil thoughts while doing so. (see: Schubert, T.W., & Koole, S.L. (2009). The embodied self: Making a fist enhances men’s power-related self-conceptions. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 45, 828–834.)
  • Benito Mussolini loved to do this gesture during speeches, though not always wearing gloves.
  • The 501st Legion, a Star Wars fan club that dresses up in screen-accurate Imperial uniforms, has the nickname "Vader's Fist", an allusion to Vader's use of this trope.